Officially launching its new program, the company has also announced plans to relocate from its current home in the Adelaide Railway Station Arcade to a new office in Sturt Street, in Adelaide’s creative west end.
The new office will have its own rehearsal space – a first for the company – and will be given a special “Windmill makeover” by award-winning resident designer Jonathon Oxlade before the company moves in January.
Highlights of Windmill’s 2015 season include the company’s first feature film Girl Asleep – set to premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival in October; acclaimed Italian director Chiara Guidi’s dark and engrossing take on Jack and the Beanstalk in a co-presentation with the Adelaide Festival; as well as Masquerade – a new play by award-winning Australian playwright Kate Mulvany based on the iconic 1970s children’s picture book, presented by State Theatre Company of South Australia and Griffin Theatre.
The program launch follows a hugely successful 12 months for the company, which saw Windmill enjoy major critical and box office success at the 2014 Adelaide Festival with its trilogy of works for teenagers, as well as winning the 2014 Helpmann Awards for Best New Australian Work and Best Presentation for Children for Pinocchio.
Pinocchio also garnered nominations for Best Direction of a Musical, Best Scenic Design, Best Original Score and Best Lighting Design and played to more than 13,000 people in a near sell out season at the Sydney Opera House, making it one of the most successful in the company’s history. In 2015 the production will go to New York to play a special season at Manhattan’s New Victory Theatre.
“The last 12 months have been incredibly exciting for Windmill – the company is just going from strength to strength,” said Windmill Theatre’s Artistic Director Rosemary Myers.
“Our theme for 2015 is ‘zoom’, because not only are we zooming off to New York with Pinocchio, and zooming into a brand new company home, we’ll be working the zoom lenses overtime as we produce and premiere our first ever feature film, Girl Asleep.”
“Windmill’s new season program has something for young people of all ages. It’s a passionately curated offering of amazing theatre, all created by teams of kooky, inventive, occasionally irreverent and always awesomely talented artists.”
Image: Jack and the Beanstalk – photo by Heidrun Lohr