One of folklore’s great villains in a deliciously wicked spin on a dark and devilish tale from the creators of the SA Theatre and Windmill Theatre production of Pinocchio.
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SA STATE THEATRE COMPANY AND WINDMILL THEATRE PRESENTS
by Rosemary Myers and Julianne O’Brien
Spinning straw into gold is a party trick that will take you far. It can buy you a big house full of beautiful things, a wardrobe of designer clothes and a life of total luxury. But money, as they say, can’t buy you everything.
This is the story of the ultimate price of greed, two people, once best friends, torn apart by desire for the things they cannot have.
The exquisitely mercurial Paul Capsis stars as a shape-shifting goblin whose thirst for vengeance may well bring him undone.
He joins the creative team that spun theatrical gold with the Helpmann Award winning ‘Pinocchio’, which took New York by storm after rocking Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.
Now, Rosemary Myers, Julianne O’Brien, Jethro Woodward and Jonathon Oxlade take on a new and equally fantastic fairytale, with their unique brand of the theatrical spectacular; pumping music, extravagant performance and surreally supreme silliness.
Full of twists and turns, it’s a whole new musical spin on a heart of gold for ages 8–108.
From Windmill Theatre Co and State Theatre Company of South Australia
Directed and created by Rosemary Myers and writer Julianne O’Brien
Designer Jonathon Oxlade
Cast Paul Capsis; Ashton Malcolm; Michaela Burger; Matt Crook; Alirio Zavarce; Elena Carapetis; Ezra Juanta
Windmill’s modernised Rumpelstiltskin… is visually spectacular… and the cast energetically draws us into a world of magic and mayhem.
Beautifully conceived and presented… there is a lot to like… especially the cast, music and design.
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Myers and O’Brien transform the raw material at hand, creating something new and lustrous, and unapologetically contemporary.
Jonathan Oxlade’s design is excellent… (and)… the animations themselves are great fun, spooky in places and in others funny, irreverent like the best cartoons but visually simpatico.
Capsis’ spellbinding breadth of talent and musical range is the standout… with the emphatic hilarity and empathy capable of winning over all members of the audience.
With an uproarious standing ovation on opening night, this stunning and highly original family production is set to take on the world stage, proving again what a force SA theatre is.
The performances are terrific. In the lead, Paul Capsis… sings like Peggy Lee, cackles like the cast of Wicked and galvanises the show.
Windmill regular Jethro Woodward’s music is at his best. Song after song… demonstrate his range across pop genres.
MURRAY BRAMWEL, THE AUSTRALIAN