Windmill Performing Arts and Adelaide Festival Centre’s Performing Arts Collection present Happy Birthday Windmill, on display in the Festival Theatre Foyer until 20 November 2007.

The exhibition is a celebration of Windmill’s extraordinary achievements within the arts industry and the impact it’s had on families throughout South Australia, Australia and across the world.

On display in the Festival Theatre Foyer showcases is show memorabilia including costumes and costume sketches, set designs from their productions including The Green Sheep, The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom, Brundibar and Cat. It also includes information about Windmill’s education and community programs and its touring repertoire.

Since its inception in 2002 as an initiative of the South Australian Government, Windmill Performing Arts has grown to become not only South Australia’s premier family theatre company but also Australia’s. It has presented more than 20 different productions in Adelaide and toured through regional South Australia with various shows, as well as premiering two productions interstate (Melbourne and Sydney) and toured productions both nationally and internationally. To date, over 270,000 children and families have attended Windmill shows. Cate Fowler has been the Director of the company since its inception, and at five years old, Windmill Performing Arts is now older than some of its audience members.

Windmill has been nominated for more than 24 Awards since 2002. Currently, the company has won 12, including three prestigious national Helpmann Awards: two for Best Presentation for Children (Twinkle Twinkle Little Fish and Riverland) and one for Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production (Twinkle Twinkle Little Fish).

Windmill is also more than just a theatre company. As an organisation, it maintains an outstanding Community Program, through which it offers 15% of all seats across all performance seasons free-of-charge to socio-economically disadvantaged communities and schools throughout South Australia. Windmill also maintains a comprehensive Arts Research Program, which informs and underpins many of their programming decisions. The company is actively part of various community and creative initiatives and is a leader in commissioning and producing new work.

Exhibition Coordinator Jo Peoples says: “The Performing Arts Collection is delighted to be collaborating with Windmill Performing Arts in celebrating their 5th birthday and we congratulate them on both this achievement and on the increasingly large role the company plays in South Australian performing arts. Children are bound to love the costumes and props in this exhibition as much as they love, and have loved, the performances.”

The Performing Arts Collection of South Australia is based at the Adelaide Festival Centre, and holds over 79,000 acquisitions including programs, posters, photographs, props, costumes, stage models, costume designs, oral histories, masks, puppets and much, much more.

It is focused on South Australian performing arts – artists, theatre companies, venues, costume designers and more, and is available to the public for research and as a resource. Much of the collection is comprised of donations of memorabilia from artists, theatre companies, individuals and the public. 
 

Windmill Performing Arts in association with Adelaide Festival Centre’s Performing Arts Collection presents
Happy Birthday Windmill

Venue: Festival Theatre Foyer
When: Until 20 November 2007
Times: Monday – Saturday 10am to 5pm and Festival Theatre performance times
Cost: FREE

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