The Story Thieves

An interactive installation featuring frozen parents, telepathic twins and a spooky journey.


  • AGES 5 8
  • 10mins

Put on your headphones and take your own personal journey to the very heart of this immersive fairy-tale experience. Combining art, design, sound and storytelling, this unique installation work reveals different perspectives and surprises depending on the direction you travel.

Featuring frozen parents, telepathic twins, a spooky journey through a bat cave and an unforgettable picnic with an elusive mystical creature, this is an opportunity to inhabit a story like never before.

Meet the Cast and Creative Team

Rosemary Myers


Rosemary Myers is the Artistic Director of Windmill Pictures. In 2021, she co-created and directed Beep and Mort.

In 2015, her first feature film Girl Asleep opened the 2016 Berlinale Generation 14plus and went on to win the MIFF Age Critic Prize 2016, the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Seattle Film Festival, 2016 CinefestOZ Film Prize and eight AACTA Award nominations including Best Film and Best Director. In 2020, the film was nominated for the Byron Kennedy AACTA for Best Indie Film of the past decade.

Before her role at Windmill Pictures for over 14 years, Rosemary was the Artistic Director of Windmill Theatre Company. A multi-Helpmann Award nominated theatre director, her productions have toured to prestigious venues and festivals across the world, including Giffoni Film Festival, Rooftop Film Festival New York, Sydney Opera House, New York’s

New Victory Theatre and London’s Southbank Centre, among others. In 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Australia Council Theatre Award.

Casey Van Sebille


Casey was educated at Australian National University, Leeds Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Adelaide University. He was resident designer with Harvest Theatre Company from 1984 to 1989 where he toured Australia.

From 1989-97 he was senior lecturer at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing, where he studied identity design through HKP University and freelanced throughout Asia. Awarded HK Designer of the Year in 93 and by the Design Institute of Australia for AlieNation, he is represented in the Adelaide Festival Centre Performing Arts Collection.

Casey is the coordinator in design at Adelaide College of the Arts and is an OISTAT member. Casey designed with Teamwork (New Delhi) as part of an Asialink residency. Casey’s recent focus is on producing authored works using purpose designed, ephemeral, transformable, transportable structures (PETTS) – Under Nights Blank, QMap, Sunil’s Anniversary and Lakes Angel.

Julianne O'Brien


Julianne is a playwright with numerous stage and screen credits including Blue Heelers (Southern Star) and Backberner (ABC-TV Sydney). She consults as a dramaturg for theatre companies throughout Australia and lectures in story design at Victoria University.

Julianne also teaches comedy writing for Swinburne University and writes features for The Age. Julianne was dramaturg on the Arena Theatre multimedia trilogy Autopsy, Mass and Panacea, which won the 1999 ASSITEJ President’s Award for Best in the World, presented in Norway. Both Autopsy and her highly acclaimed first play, The Women There, have toured Canada as invitees of major theatre festivals. Julianne wrote Arena Theatre’s Eat Your Young that toured to Taiwan and Australian capital cities. For Windmill Theatre Co, she has written Pinocchio and Rumpelstiltskin.

Andrew Howard

Sound Designer

Andrew is a founding member of the The Border Project and a sound engineer at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Credits include Despoiled Shore Medeamaterial Landscape with Argonauts (The Border Project) and Disappearance (The Border Project).

Andrew has also worked on the productions of The War (The Border Project), The Rope Project (Brink Productions), Please Go Hop (The Border Project), One Long Night In The Land Of Nod (Floogle Productions), Highway Rock ‘n’ Roll Disaster (The Border Project), The Birthday Party (Flying Penguin Productions), The Homecoming (Floogle Productions), Trouble On Planet Earth (The Border Project).

Andrew was sound designer for Helly’s Magic Cup (Windmill Theatre Co) and Highway Rock ‘n’ Roll Disaster (Sydney Theatre Company).

Chris Petridis

Lighting, Technical 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.

Fleur Elise Noble

Visual Artist

Fleur Elise Noble is a creator and an explorer – always seeking new ways in which to make art and share it with the world. Her superpower is her ability to focus obsessively on creative tasks. She was awarded scholarships from art schools in Adelaide and New York, where she studied drawing, painting, and sculpture. She went on to equip herself with an arsenal of creative forces, including puppetry, design, animation, film, projection mapping, performance, dance, writing and illustration.

Fleur is best known for her unique visual performances, which she spent many years performing at festivals around the world. Currently a PhD student at Flinders University, Fleur is writing a novel and designing a new performance for young people about digital addiction. She believes in the power of creativity to make complex ideas accessible and engaging.

Julie Orchard

Project Advisor

Julie trained as a junior primary teacher majoring in drama and later went on to complete her Master of Education. From 2002 to 2017, she was a registered teacher seconded from DECD to Windmill Theatre Co as Arts Education Manager.

Julie has worked widely in arts education for over 25 years, predominantly in drama education, teaching all ages including the tertiary sector. Julie spent three years teaching and developing the drama curriculum for a Preparatory School in Nairobi Kenya. Previous positions include Events Manager for Centenary of Federation (SA) and Education Manager for the Come Out Festival (1997 and 1999).

Julie is a Board Member of Carrick Hill, and an Executive of Drama South Australia, the professional association for drama teachers and a founding member of A>R>T (Arts Rich Teaching) a joint SA/Austin Texas program working with teacher artists and schools.

Highlights from the Show

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  • Director Rosemary Myers
  • Designer Casey Van Sebille
  • Writer Julianne O'Brien
  • Sound Designer Andrew Howard
  • Lighting, Technical Designer Chris Petridis
  • Visual Artist Fleur Elise Noble
  • Project Advisor Julie Orchard


The Story Thieves is a Windmill Theatre Company production, created with the students of the Mimili Anangu School as part of the Artists in Residence program.


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