Most of us are familiar with the story of Rumplestiltskin, the horrible man who tries to steal a baby, courtesy of the Brothers Grimm. Thanks to Windmill and the State Theatre Company, this spooky fairytale is getting a modern, fashionable twist.
Co-writers, Julianne O’Brien and Rosemary Myers (who is also directing), take this story into another dimension, with Rumplestilskin,played by Paul Capsis, becoming a multi-faceted character that tugs on the heartstrings of the audience.
Talking to The Adelaide Review, Capsis said, “Rumpel has a journey too. He’s involved in fashion and he makes clothing and he uses magic… I want the audience to feel some empathy towards him”.
True to the style of Windmill productions, their take on the story is aiming to stray against the typical ‘good vs evil’ storyline, avoiding stereotypes, and instead of diving deep into the darkness of the Brothers Grimm version, making it “an uplifting family musical”. Bet you weren’t expecting that from this story.
Casis said that the first show he ever went to see was Rumplestiltskin, and he was enamoured. By being so emotionally invested and having such strong feelings toward the man he's now playing in this production - it seems nothing short of fate to have come full circle. Casis was "beside himself" at getting to play Rumple, as he's affectionately called by the cast.
Dreams do come true.
For more information visit the State Theatre Company website here.
Tickets are available here. Get in quick. It's sure to be a winner.
What: Rumplestiltskin, by Windmill and the State Theatre Company
Where: Dunstan Playhouse
When: Tuesday 11th of October – Wednesday 30th of October, 2016
Photos courtesy of Shane Reid