Girl Asleep

Part fairytale and part lipstick-smeared vigilante escapade.


  • AGES 14+
  • 90mins
  • Occasional coarse language, Strobe effects

Mayhem. Adventure. Hormones.

Greta Driscoll is chronically shy and privately falling apart.

Frozen in the spotlight of her fifteenth birthday, things go from bad to worse when a stranger arrives propelling her into a parallel place; a latent world that’s weirdly erotic, violent and thoroughly ludicrous.

Part fairytale and part lipstick-smeared vigilante escapade, this is a girl’s own adventure where heroism and gender implode in a unique exposé of the sisterhood.

Now’s your chance to see the play that went on to become an internationally award-winning film.


Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Adelaide, Australia
Adult $49
Concession $42
Group 6+ $42
Under 30 $30
12 September
13 September
11:00am | 7:00pm
14 September
2:00am | 7:00pm
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School Program

  • AGES 14+
  • YEAR 8 > 12
  • 90mins
  • $18 per student
    $12 equity
  • Occasional coarse language and strobe effects
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Adelaide, Australia
Term 3
Weeks 8 and 9
12 September
13 September
11:00am | 7:00pm
16 September
17 September
18 September
19 September
11:00am | 7:00pm
20 September
11:00am | 7:00pm
Windmill production Girl Asleep10. Windmill Theatre's GIRL ASLEEP - Matthew Whittet. Photo Tony Lewis11. Windmill Theatre's GIRL ASLEEP - Zara Blight. Photo Tony Lewis12. Windmill Theatre's GIRL ASLEEP - L-R Zara Blight, Ellen Steele. Photo Tony Lewis13. Windmill Theatre's GIRL ASLEEP - Matthew Whittet. Photo Tony Lewis14. Windmill Theatre's GIRL ASLEEP - Matthew Whittet. Photo Tony Lewis15. Windmill Theatre's GIRL ASLEEP - L-R Ellen Steele, Eamon Farren. Photo Tony LewisWindmill production Girl Asleep16. Windmill Theatre's GIRL ASLEEP - Amber McMahon. Photo Tony Lewis17. Windmill Theatre's GIRL ASLEEP - Jude Henshall. Photo Tony Lewis18. Windmill Theatre's GIRL ASLEEP - Amber McMahon. Photo Tony Lewis19. Windmill Theatre's GIRL ASLEEP - L-R Ellen Steele, Eamon Farren. Photo Tony Lewis9. Windmill Theatre's GIRL ASLEEP - L-R Ellen Steele, Eamon Farren. Photo Tony LewisWindmill production Girl AsleepWindmill production Girl Asleep

Meet the Cast and Creative Team

Matthew Whittet

Writer, Performer

Matthew is an actor and writer who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for over twenty years. As an actor, Matt has performed for Belvoir many times in productions including CinderellaThe Book Of Everything, Conversation Piece and Atlantis. His plays Old Man, Cinderella and Seventeen have also premiered at Belvoir.

Matthew has been a recipient of the Philip Parsons Fellowship (Belvoir), The Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and the ATYP Foundation Commission Award for his play Fight With All Your Might the Zombies of the Night. The 2014 Adelaide Festival trilogy of plays with Windmill are School Dance, Big Bad Wolf and Girl Asleep which Matt adapted to screenplay and resulted in an award-winning feature film.

Rosemary Myers


Under Rose’s leadership as Artistic Director, Windmill creates and presents work inspired by the vibrancy, sophistication and inventiveness of young people and the exhilarating challenges they pose to creating theatre of relevance in this modern time.

Rose is a multi-Helpmann Award nominated director, her productions regularly visit leading stages and festivals around Australia and the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Hong Kong’s Arts and Leisure Centre and New York’s New Victory Theatre. Her directing credits for Windmill include Rumpelstiltskin, Pinocchio, The Wizard of Oz, Fugitive, School Dance, Big Bad Wolf and Girl Asleep.

Prior to Windmill, Rosemary was the Artistic Director of Arena Theatre Company and Artistic Director of Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival in 2010. In 2015, she directed her first feature film Girl Asleep with Windmill Theatre Co, and in 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Australia Council Theatre Award.

Jonathon Oxlade


Jonathon has designed set and costumes for Queensland Theatre, LaBoite Theatre, isthisyours?, Aphids, Arena Theatre Company, Polyglot, The Real TV Project, Polytoxic, Men of Steel, Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Vitalstatistix and Barking Gecko.

He has also worked with Bell Shakespeare, The Border Project, State Theatre of South Australia, Dead Puppet Society, The Last Great Hunt, Sydney Theatre Company, The Escapists, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sandpit, Belvoir St Theatre and Windmill Theatre Co, where he is resident designer. Jonathon has received numerous awards. Most recently in 2016, Jonathon was awarded the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and received APDG awards for both Best Production Design and Best Costume Design for Girl Asleep, and received an AACTA award for best Costume for Girl Asleep.

In 2017, he received the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Costume Design for Mr Burns.

Luke Smiles

Original Soundtrack

Luke creates highly detailed soundtracks for theatre, dance and film, working across all areas of music composition, sound design, foley and sound effects editing. His work is enjoyed by audiences both nationally and around the world.

Working under his business name motion laboratories, Luke has composed and produced soundtracks for many Australian and international artists & companies. Various credits include: Carbon Field (Queensland Ballet), ʻGʼ (Australian Dance Theatre), Glow (Chunky Move), Roadkill, The Ninth Wave (The Farm), Split Second Heroes (Gabrielle Nankivell), SURGE (Dancenorth), The Maids (Sydney Theatre Company), Wildebeest, Neon Aether (Sydney Dance Company), Fugitive, School Dance and Girl Asleep (Windmill Theatre Co).

Richard Vabre

Lighting Designer

Richard is a freelance lighting designer. He has lit productions for Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Victorian Opera, Windmill Theatre Co, Arena Theatre Company, NICA, The Darwin Festival and Back to Back Theatre.

He has also designed the lighting for Stuck Pig’s Squealing, Chambermade, Rawcus, Red Stitch, Polyglot, Melbourne Worker’s Theatre, Aphids and many productions at La Mama Awards. Richard has won 5 Green Room Awards including the Association’s John Truscott Prize for Excellence in Design (2004). He has also been nominated for 8 other Green Room Awards.

Gabrielle Nankivell

Movement Consultant

Gabrielle has worked independently and been commissioned by leading dance companies and training institutions. She maintains a collaborative creative practice with composer Luke Smiles. Her work has been widely presented across the world.
This includes Australia, Europe and Asia.

2016 commissions include the critically acclaimed Wildebeest for Sydney Dance Company, Thorn for Tasdance and Focus for Frontier Danceland Singapore. Gabrielle also provides choreography and movement consultancy across various stage and film productions. Recent engagements include State Theatre Company of South Australia’s The Popular Mechanicals, Windmill Theatre’s award-winning School Dance, Girl Asleep and Girl Asleep the film. Gabrielle honed her dance career in Europe performing for Belgian artists Alexander Baervoets and Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus and collaborating with Jurij Konjar (Slovenia), Raul Maia (Portugal) and Thomas Steyaert (Belgium).

Sheridan Harbridge


Sheridan is an actor, playwright, singer and comedienne, graduating from NIDA in 2006. Her musical Songs for the Fallen won Best Musical, and Outstanding actress at the New York Music Theatre Festival in 2015, and has toured Australia and New Zealand. She collaborated with UK cult band The Tiger Lillies on Cockatoo Island for the Biennale of Sydney, and appeared with John Cleese in the Just for Laughs Festival, Sydney Opera House.

Her theatre credits include Muriel’s Wedding the Musical (STC) The Sugar House, The Dog/The Cat (Belvoir), Girl Asleep (Windmill), North by Northwest, The Beast, and The Speechmaker (MTC), Gaybies (Darlinghurst), Kill Climate Deniers, Jump for Jordan (Griffin), 80 Minutes No Interval (Old Fitz), Fiddler on the Roof, Carmen and My Fair Lady (Opera Australia), An Officer & a Gentleman (GFO), Threepenny Opera, Miss Julie, Cabaret, The Bald Soprano, Shafana & Aunt Sarrinah, Frog & Smudge and DreamSong (Arts Centre Melbourne).

Antoine Jelk


Antoine graduated from Flinders Drama Centre in 2014. Most recently, Antoine appeared in Long Tan (Brink Productions) directed by Chris Drummond. He has performed as part of many productions for independent Adelaide theatre companies.

These include Back Porch in its debut production Schmidt, and Foul Play in its production of Eurydice. He has also appeared in Tartuffe (Brink Productions and State Theatre Company South Australia), and in Deluge (Tiny Bricks and Brink Productions) for the Adelaide festival 2016.  Beyond Beep in 2017, Antoine will continue developing local theatre with the Back Porch ensemble. He also has a keen interest in music and so will pursue sound design and production for theatre and film in the years to come.

Amber McMahon


Amber trained at Flinders University Drama Centre and was a recipient of the Adele Koh Scholarship to study at the Stella Adler Company & SITI Company in New York. Amber most recently performed in Banging Denmark (STC), Small Mouth Sounds (Darlinghurst), and a sold out run of The Appleton Ladies Potato Race (Ensemble).

Previous work includes North by Northwest (Kay & McLean Productions), Accidental Death of An Anarchist (STC)The Popular Mechanicals (STC/STCSA)Bliss, Picnic at Hanging Rock (Malthouse), Atlantis, Twelfth Night, and Angels in America (Belvoir). She was also a part of STC’s Actors Company. Amber’s screen credits include the award winning feature film Girl Asleepfor which she was nominated for Australian Film Critics Association’s 2017 Best Supporting Actress Award.

She can next be seen in the upcoming SBS mini-series The HuntingAmber has also won two Helpmann Awards for Best Supporting Actress for work in Windmill’s Girl Asleep and School Dance.

Ellen Steele


Ellen graduated from Flinders Drama Centre in 2006 and has since worked extensively in theatre both within Australia and overseas. Credits include Between Two Waves, Holding the Man, Maestro (STCSA), Love, Ruby Bruise (Vitalstatistix), Wolf (Slingsby).

She has also performed in I Am Not An Animal, I Animal (The Border Project), Mr McGee and the Biting Flea (Patch Theatre Company), Grug, Girl Asleep, Big Bad Wolf, Grug and the Rainbow (Windmill Theatre Co). Ellen is a founding member of independent theatre company isthisyours? and has also developed work with independent artists and companies throughout Adelaide and Melbourne. She was involved in Goodbye, CSIRAC (Zoe Meagher) and Kids Can Get Lost (Split Second) as part of Next Wave Festival, Au Revoir Abattoir (Little Black Box), Audio Commentary (isthisyours?) and Crawl Me Blood (Aphids) as part of Adhocracy, I Left You This Way (FOLA) and The Plains (Sanctum Theatre).


Highlights from the Show


"Ellen Steele plays Greta with utter charm and conviction, the light in the room who gives everyone else a chance to shine"


"Vivacious and memorable… has all the bright, bold, energetic hallmarks of earlier works"


"Girl Asleep is an excellent night out for both adults and almost-adults"


"Matthew Whittet’s big-hearted coming-of-age tale rode high on Rosemary Myers’ slick direction and energetic comic performances and elaborate sets and costumes"


"Familiar blend of fantasy, comedy and gentle sentiment aimed at all audiences"


"A memorable show, bringing together the entertaining absurdity of dreams and the struggles of adolescent life in a perfect mix."



  • Writer, Performer Matthew Whittet
  • Director Rosemary Myers
  • Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Original Soundtrack Luke Smiles
  • Lighting Designer Richard Vabre
  • Movement Consultant Gabrielle Nankivell
  • Performer Sheridan Harbridge
  • Performer Antoine Jelk
  • Performer Amber McMahon
  • Performer Ellen Steele


A Windmill Theatre Company production. 2019 Adelaide season presented in association with Adelaide Festival Centre.

Girl Asleep received special funding from Major Commissions and Festival Commissioning Fund through Arts South Australia and 2014 Adelaide Festival.


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