After taking the world by storm with a series of critically acclaimed tours, Windmill Theatre Co’s family favourite Big Bad Wolf returns to Adelaide for an encore season these October school holidays from 11 October 2017.
One of Windmill’s most popular shows ever, Big Bad Wolf has delighted children all over Australia since its 2013 premiere with seasons in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and last year toured for three months through the US and Canada. Now Adelaide audiences have a chance to enjoy the fractured fairytale fun all over again in the Space Theatre at the Adelaide Festival Centre, with each performance followed by free school holiday arts workshops in the foyer.
Big Bad Wolf longs for a friend, but his sharp teeth, yellow eyes and dubious personal hygiene mean no one wants to play with him. Luckily the over-achieving Heidi Hood is brave enough to double-check his bad press, and an unlikely friendship is born in this table-turning tale.
Written by Matthew Whittet and directed by Rosemary Myers, Big Bad Wolf features many of your favourite fairytale characters presented with playful modern twists, this hilarious new tale of ‘Wolfy’ will have you wondering why you were so scared in the first place.
“Matthew Whittet is one of Australia’s leading original voices, and the story he’s created of a poetry writing ‘vegemetarian’ Wolf is equal parts hilarious and touching,” says Director Rosemary Myers. “It’s a tale that reminds us all that great friendships can be found in the most unlikely of places.”
Windmill favourite Patrick Graham stars as the toothy Wolfy, and is joined by Emma J Hawkins (Circus Oz, Love Never Dies) and Matilda Bailey (This is Where We Live). Harry Covill’s original soundtrack is full of catchy tunes and Windmill’s resident set designer Jonathon Oxlade (Beep, Pinocchio, Grug, School Dance) has played with perspective and created a set full of magic which includes a talking couch.
In 2018, Big Bad Wolf will once again head overseas to tour New Zealand, as well as regional South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Sydney and regional New South Wales.
“Windmill’s collaboration with Whittet continues to thrive… producing zany works that are also open-hearted and unfailingly positive. A whimsical, gently persuasive tale of friendship and acceptance.” – The Australian
Director: Rosemary Myers Featuring: Matilda Bailey, Patrick Graham, Emma J Hawkins Designer: Jonathon Oxlade Sound Designer: Harry Covill Lighting Designer: Chris Petridis Movement: Carol Wellman Kelly
Big Bad Wolf
Space Theatre – Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide
Season: 11 – 21 October 2017
For more information, visit: www.windmill.org.au for details.
Image: Patrick Graham stars in Big Bad Wolf – photo by Shane Reid