Pinocchio picks up a CHASS Australia Prize

The State Theatre Company of South Australia and Windmill Theatre have won a CHASS Australia Prize for their multi award-­winning co-­production Pinocchio, in the category of Distinctive Work for a Performance.

Pinocchio picks up a CHASS Australia Prize


Written by By Rose Myers and Julianne O’Brien ,Pinocchio has played to over 35,000 young people around Australia and the world.

It premiered with a successful season in Adelaide in 2012 and has since played critically acclaimed seasons in Melbourne, Sydney and most recently, a sell-­out season at the New Victory Theatre in New York City, representing a major coup for both South Australian arts companies.

‘It’s been a joy to watch our production grow and grow like the wooden boy’s nose,’ says State Theatre Company Executive Director/Producer Rob Brookman.

‘From its inception on the Adelaide stage to Malthouse in Melbourne, the Sydney Opera House and most recently treading the boards of New York,Pinocchio has been hugely popular with audiences and critics—but, above all, has shown that a distinctively Australian take on a universal story can transcend period, convention and geography.’

Based on the classic tale by Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio was retold as 'a witty, gothic, rocking, family music theatre spectacular'.

Windmill Theatre’s General Manager/Producer, Sandy Verschoor, said, ‘It’s wonderful to see this work achieve such success.

‘To be recognised by CHASS is a huge honour amongst many other incredibly talented nominees. This is such a wonderful accolade and a credit to the creative team led by our incredibly talented Director Rosemary Myers.’

Pinocchio has also won Helpmann Awards for Best New Australian Work and Best Presentation for Children and a South Australian Ruby Award for Best Work.

Windmill and State Theatre Company are developing a new family musical,Rumpelstiltskin, which features Paul Capsis.

Set to premiere in October 2016, the same creative team will place their stamp on this classic tale with ‘their unique brand of theatrical spectacular, rocking music and supreme silliness’.

The CHASS Australia Prizes are awarded by the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences to honour exceptional artistic performance, exhibition, film, television show, play, composition or practical contribution to arts policy. The awards are intended to draw international attention to the achievements of Australians in the sector.


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