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Event: Rumpelstiltskin Tangent Evening at SLSA

TANGENT: Rumpelstiltskin

A series of discussions exploring the links between State Theatre Company’s productions and literature, for lovers of words and theatre.

6pm, 12 September
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building, State Library of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide.

The topic for this exciting Tangent discussion will be: What makes Adelaide one of the world’s best exporters of theatre for young people?

State Theatre Company’s production of Rumpelstiltskin plays in the Dunstan Playhouse 11 – 30 October, 2016. Book tickets here.


Please note: Tickets are $7, book tickets here.

Please contact Michelle on 8207 7258 or Steve on 8207 7626 for more information.


Jonathon Oxlade

Jonathon studied Illustration and Sculpture at the Queensland College of Art.

Jonathon has designed set and costumes for Windmill Theatre, The Queensland Theatre Company, Is This Yours?, Aphids, Circa, Arena Theatre Company, Polyglot, Bell Shakespeare, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Polytoxic, Men Of Steel, The Real TV Project, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, The Escapists, The Border Project, State Theatre of South Australia, LaBoite Theatre. Venues and Festivals including the Sydney Opera House, Brisbane Festival, Melbourne Festival, Adelaide Festival and Fringe, The Malthouse, Performance Space and the Queensland Art Gallery. For State Theatre Company, his design credits include Pinocchio and Volpone. Jonathon has illustrated the Picture Book The Empty City for Hachette Livre/Lothian, the Edie Amelia series by Sophie Lee, was Festival Designer for the 2010 Out Of The Box festival and is Currently the Resident Designer at Windmill Theatre. Jonathon recently worked as Production and Costume Designer on Windmill Theatre’s first feature film Girl Asleep.

He received 2005 Matilda Awards; Best Designer for A Christmas Carol and Contribution to Queensland Theatre, and 2009 Matilda Award; Best Designer for Attack of the Attacking Attackers.  2010 Greenroom Award nominated for ‘Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd’ for Best Design, 2011 Ruby Award for ‘School Dance’.  Jonathon was nominated for a 2013 and 2014 Helpmann award, ‘Best Scenic Design’ for ‘School Dance’ and ‘Pinocchio’ along with a Greenroom nomination for ‘Skeleton’ and ‘I Heart John McEnroe’.

Jonathon was awarded the ‘Lord Mayors Fellowship Grant’ to attend the PRAGUE QUADRENNIEL of scenography and Theatre Architecture.


Andy Packer

Andy is a director of theatre, music theatre and opera. He has also worked as creative producer of multidisciplinary arts programs, producer of large-scale outdoor events and festival director.

In 2007 Andy co-founded Adelaide based theatre company Slingsby. Through his work with this company and others Andy has become respected nationally and internationally as a creator with a unique vision for theatre for family and adult audiences. In the past eight years Slingsby has toured to 69 theatres in 43 cities and towns across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Canada, UK, Scotland, Spain, Ireland and Norway.

Andy is a respected director of opera, musical theatre, cabaret and symphonic concerts. For Adelaide Festival 2012 he directed a fully staged production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass conducted by Krisjtan Järvi and starring Jubilant Sykes. He has directed extensive productions for Adelaide Cabaret Festival including four Opening Variety Galas (2013-2016) through which he has had the opportunity to collaborate with many internationally renowned performing artists including Kristin Chenoweth, Molly Ringwald, Meow Meow, Kate Ceberano, Craig McLachlan, Todd McKenney, Melanie Safka, Joey Arias, Barb Jungr and Barry Humpries. Andy has also directed productions and concerts for Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia and Adelaide Fringe.

Andy was Creative Producer of Programming at Carclew Youth Arts 2003-2006, Creative Producer of Family Events, for Adelaide Fringe Festival 2007-2008 and Creative Director of Come Out Festival 2011.

In January 2016 Andy was elected to the Board of International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), based in Philadelphia, USA, which is recognised as the premiere membership organization servicing and supporting the professional community of performing arts for young audiences internationally.


Dave Brown

The privilege of being Artistic Director of Patch Theatre Company for 20-years allowed me to develop a distinctive philosophy and practice of professional theatre-making.

Across those 20 years, I have co-conceived and directed twenty-eight original, devised works for 4-8 year old children, ten of which have toured internationally in the US, Canada, Singapore, Korea, Japan and New Zealand and fourteen of which have toured nationally in extensive Playing Australia tours.

Nine of the works have been presented by the Sydney Opera House, three by the Kennedy Centre in Washington and two by the New Victory Theatre in New York.  Included in the repertoire are two National Helpmann Award winners, an International Victor Award winner and six National Touring Drovers Award winners.

In 2015, I received the Mickey Minor Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence from IPAY – a leading international membership organization supporting the performing arts for young audiences in North America.

In 2016, my thinking around collaborative theatre-making has found fresh expression in The PaperBoats project and its seven performance-making principles, representing a new phase in my investigation into creative processes and artistic vibrancy. I believe we’re on the cusp of trail-blazing possibilities in collaborative performance-making, prompted particularly by new technologies and the open-source, co-creation movement.

In 2016-2018, with the support of an Australia Council Fellowship, I am developing the first of The PaperBoats projects, involving “proof of concept” investigations with artists and communities, locally and internationally.