Moss Piglet

Microscopic. Indestructible.


  • AGES 4 8
  • 45mins

Tardigrades… perhaps you’ve heard of them? Small but mighty, they have withstood multiple extinction cycles, surviving boiling temperatures and the freezing temperatures of space. With a surprising cult following, some people call them ‘Water Bears’, others call them ‘Moss Piglets’.

Moss Piglet is an explosive portrait of the world’s most resilient and curious critters. Taking young audiences from jelly-filled petri dishes to the depths of a volcano to Arctic glaciers to the moon, the work explodes the mysteries of the wildly weird tardigrade.

Playful and thrilling, Moss Piglet is an epic new work about how even the tiniest of things can be the strongest. Think Bruce Willis in Die Hard… but teeny tiny with eight legs… who loves moss.



Space Theatre
11 October
10:30am | 1:00pm
12 October
13 October
10:30am | 1:00pm
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School Program

  • AGES 4 - 10
  • YEAR Year 1 - Year 4
  • 40mins
  • $15 per student
    $12 equity
Space Theatre
Adelaide, Australia
Term 4
Week 1
15 October
10:00am | 12:30pm
16 October
10:00am | 12:30pm
17 October
10:00am | 12:30pm
18 October
10:00am | 12:30pm

Access and Inclusion

The Saturday 19 October, 10.30am performance of Moss Piglet will be AUSLAN interpreted for deaf or hard of hearing audience members and audio described for blind or vision impaired audiences.


  • Director, Co-Creator Clare Watson
  • Performer, Co-Creator Elena Carapetis
  • Performer, Co-Creator Gareth Davies
  • Lighting Designer Chris Petridis
  • Designer Meg Wilson
  • Composer, Sound Designer Luke Smiles
  • Assistant Director Dylan Miller

Meet the Cast and Creative Team

Clare Watson

Director, Co-Creator

Clare is an award-winning director and theatre-maker. She was the Artistic Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company from 2016 to 2022. Previously, Clare was Artistic Director at St Martins collaborating with children and teenagers. Her work has been presented by Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, State Theatre Company South Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, Edinburgh Festival and Adelaide Festival among many others. Clare is a graduate of Directing at the Victorian College of the Arts and is a recipient of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award.

In 2023, she was appointed the Artistic Director of Windmill Theatre Company.

Elena Carapetis

Performer, Co-Creator

Elena is an award-winning actor, writer and director based in Adelaide, South Australia. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Elena has worked with State Theatre Company South Australia, Theatre Republic, Windmill Theatre Company, Brink Productions, Bell Shakespeare, Malthouse Theatre, Flying Penguin, Belvoir and Sydney Theatre Company among many others.

Her plays have been presented by State Theatre Company South Australia and Yira Yaakin. Her screen credits include The Hunting, Irreverent, Heartbreak HighMarking Time, Blue Heelers, Water Rats, All Saints, Murder Call, Children’s Hospital and Snobs.

In 2023, she was a Story Consultant with Highview productions, where she wrote and directed her first short film Blame the Rabbit.

Gareth Davies

Performer, Co-Creator

Gareth is a performer, writer and theatremaker based in Sydney. He has performed with Belvoir, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Windmill Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare and Griffin Theatre Company among many others. He is a founding member of Black Lung Theatre and has toured works nationally. His screen credits include The Daughter (Screen NSW/Fate Films), The Letdown (Giant Dwarf/ABC), Hunters (Universal Cable/Valhalla) and Peter Rabbit (Animal Logic).

Chris Petridis

Lighting Designer

Chris is a lighting and video designer from Adelaide, working across theatre, dance, and other live events in Australia and internationally.

Chris has worked with renowned arts organisations including State Theatre Company of South Australia, Theatre Republic, Is This Yours, Australian Dance Theatre, Brink Productions, Restless Dance Theatre, Slingsby Theatre Company, Force Majure, Windmill Theatre Company and Vitalstatistix.

Chris recently worked on the inaugural Illuminate Adelaide Festival’s Light Cycles in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens crafted by the world-leading studio, Moment Factory. Other recent credits include Carla Lippis’ Mondo Psycho for WOMAD 2022, Theatre Republic’s How Not To Make It In America and Windmill Theatre Company’s Creation Creation.

Meg Wilson


Meg Wilson is an Adelaide-based interdisciplinary artist and designer whose practice has spanned installation, performance and set, lighting and costume design.

Recently she has designed set and costume with State Theatre Company of South Australia on Terrestrial (2018), Euphoria (2021), Eureka Day (2021) and Windmill Theatre Company’s Amphibian (2018) and works extensively with Vitalstatistix, Patch Theatre (Lighthouse, AF 2020) and Restless Dance Theatre, for whom she designed the 2018 Adelaide Festival production of Intimate Space and Guttered in 2021

Meg premiered performance work SQUASH! with Arts House during the Festival of Live Art (FOLA, 2018) and has exhibited independently with Contemporary Art Centre SA (2015), BLINDSIDE, VIC; Constance ARI, TAS; Nexus Arts and FELTspace. She has created public projects for FELTspace (2014), Open Space Contemporary Arts (OSCA) (2017), and curated a public program for ACE Open (2019). In 2018 she was a resident artist with Urban Theatre Projects (NSW), hand-weaving trampolines for production Right Here. Right Now. Meg was awarded the 2019 Green Room Award for Contemporary and Experimental Performance (Innovation in Durational Performance), for SQUASH!

Luke Smiles

Composer, Sound Designer

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).

Dylan Miller

Assistant Director

A graduate of Adelaide College of the Arts, Dylan has worked with State Theatre Company South Australia, Windmill Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company. In 2019 he toured internationally with The Secret River.


A Windmill Theatre Company production presented in association with Adelaide Festival Centre. Made possible through the generous support of the Studio Collective.


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