Windmill Theatre launches 2013 local, national and international season.

windmill2013_peoplepoweredWindmill Theatre, South Australia's foremost performing arts company for young people, has announced its 2013 programme.

Artistic Director Rosemary Myers expects the company to perform in front of over 90,000 people during a four-play season in Adelaide combined with the company's national and international touring schedule.

The Adelaide season begins in late March with The Story Thieves, a piece developed through the company's Ruby-award winning partnership with the outback Anangu community of the Mimili school in South Australia's APY lands. The Story Thieves is an intimate fairy tale installation piece for four persons at a time (wearing headphones) as they take a journey of discovery through a bat cave, meet frozen parents and telepathic twins then attend a picnic with an elusive, otherworldly “creature”.

From July 4 Big Bad Wolf will be performed at the Adelaide Festival Centre in the Space Theatre. Local actor Patrick Graham stars as the titular wolf in this inversion of its original folklore. The play, written by Matthew Whittet, centres on the relationship which forms between the wolf and a brave young girl who learns this wolf isn't as bad as he's been made out to be.

Sons and Mothers, the 2012 Adelaide Frin

ge award-winning production originally developed by No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability will begin on October 17 as a co-presentation between Windmill Theatre and The Adelaide Festival Centre. The play is touted as a “love letter to mums” – six disabled sons give moving accounts of their life-stories.

Grug at Windmill TheatreIn early December of 2013 Grug (based on the picture book character created by Ted Prior) will make its return to Adelaide after a six month tour of the United States, Canada and Singapore – which will have included a four-week stint on New York's Broadway.

Windmill Theatre will also tour School Dance nationally, beginning with performances as part of the Sydney Festival in January before heading off to the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre at Wollongong then onto the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Brisbane Powerhouse.

In launching Windmill's 2013 programme, Myers stated “It really is a thrill to watch our home-grown shows go on to play to such broad and diverse audiences across Australia and the world. Not only does it make the work all the more worthwhile to create, but it also significantly contributes to the generation and promotion of contemporary Australian culture.”

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