Our Story

Enter a Slingsby show and you enter a captivating world. We invite you to ‘Journey in Wonder’ with us. It may be dark and you may feel uneasy. That’s only natural. You are not alone. See that light in the distance? Take our hands. We know the way.

Founded in 2007 and based in Adelaide, South Australia, Slingsby presents emotionally challenging and engaging storytelling in rich live theatrical realms. Our original productions are crafted to challenge and inspire adult and older family audiences.

Slingsby is named after a character in Edward Lear’s short story The Four Little People Who Went Round The World. Indeed, the company’s adventures have taken it far. We are now well-established as a leading international company and have toured to 69 venues in 43 cities across ten countries, and counting.

Artistic Director Andy Packer and General Manager/Producer Stacey Baldwin collaborate with Australia’s finest artists across many disciplines and foster international theatrical alliances.

Our People

Andy Packer

Artistic Director

Since completing a BA of Theatre Studies at Adelaide University in 1992, Andy’s arts career has encompassed many roles including Creative Producer, ensemble Actor/Creator and Festival Director. In 2007 Andy co-founded

Since completing a BA of Theatre Studies at Adelaide University in 1992, Andy’s arts career has encompassed many roles including Creative Producer, ensemble Actor/Creator and Festival Director. In 2007 Andy co-founded Slingsby Theatre Company as Artistic Director. In ten years Slingsby has toured its original productions to 70 venues in 44 cities and towns across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Canada, UK, Scotland, Spain, Ireland and Norway, winning 14 industry awards along the way.

Alongside Slingsby, Andy has built a freelance career as a Director of opera, musical theatre, cabaret and concerts. Most recently Andy directed Vigil, written by Steve Vizard and Joe Chindamo and starring Christie Whelan-Browne for Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2017 (4.5 stars, Limelight). Andy has Directed for State Theatre Company of South Australia, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival of Arts and Adelaide Chamber Singers. Andy is respected nationally and internationally for creating moments of human intimacy and emotional truth in both intimate one hander productions and in large operatic and orchestral scale works, for child, family and adult audiences.

In January 2016 Andy became the first Australian to join the Board of Management of Philadelphia-based IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth).

Andy and his wife Jane love living in Adelaide with their three school-age sons and retired greyhound.

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Stacey Baldwin

General Manager/Producer

Stacey relocated from Melbourne in February 2017 to take on the role of General Manager/Producer for Slingsby. She has worked with leading Victorian arts organisations such as Back to Back Theatre,

Stacey relocated from Melbourne in February 2017 to take on the role of General Manager/Producer for Slingsby. She has worked with leading Victorian arts organisations such as Back to Back Theatre, Melbourne Festival, Insite Arts, Big West and Jodee Mundy Collaborations.

As well as producing projects, Stacey is a self confessed systems nerd, working with organisations to support them through periods of change and implement structures to find better ways of working.

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Quincy Grant

Artistic Associate - Composer

Quincy Grant composes music for theatre, concert stage and film. His work includes music for plays such as The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy, and When the Rain Stops Falling; many works

Quincy Grant composes music for theatre, concert stage and film. His work includes music for plays such as The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy, and When the Rain Stops Falling; many works for orchestra that have been played in Germany, Canada, and by the leading Australian orchestras; and soundtracks for films and documentaries broadcast on the ABC and SBS. He also writes for concert performances and film, and plays in many groups: from rock to new music and, most recently wild gypsy music with Golonka.

He is co-director of The Firm, a company that presents concerts each year featuring Australian classical musicians in programmes of new Australian music along side interesting repertoire. In 2013 his first opera, An Ode to Nonsense, was premiered by Slingsby and the State Opera of South Australia.

This is the seventh wonderful show he has done with Slingsby!

Quincy lives in Adelaide with four dear ones – Anna, Arland, Clara and Miranda.

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Geoff Cobham

Artstic Associate - Lighting

Awards include: Ruby Award for Sustained Contribution, Green Room Award Best lighting Design for Night Letters (State Theatre Company of South Australia), Sydney Theatre Award Best Lighting Design for Never Did

Awards include: Ruby Award for Sustained Contribution, Green Room Award Best lighting Design for Night Letters (State Theatre Company of South Australia), Sydney Theatre Award Best Lighting Design for Never Did Me Any Harm (Force Majeure), Helpman Award for Best Scenic Design for Little Bird (State Theatre Company of South Australia). Geoff is Artistic Associate (Design) for Slingsby.

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Nicki Bloom

Playwright

Her plays include TENDER, BLOODWOOD, THE SUN AND THE OTHER STARS, LAND & SEA, A CATHEDRAL, LITTLE BIRD and VALE. Awards include the Adrian Consett Stephen Memorial Prize and the 2007

Her plays include TENDER, BLOODWOOD, THE SUN AND THE OTHER STARS, LAND & SEA, A CATHEDRAL, LITTLE BIRD and VALE. Awards include the Adrian Consett Stephen Memorial Prize and the 2007 Inscription Chairman’s Award (TENDER); the 2008 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award and the 2009 Inscription Playwriting Award (BLOODWOOD); the 2012 Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship and the 2012 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award (THE SUN AND THE OTHER STARS); the 2012 Jill Blewett Award (A CATHEDRAL) and the 2015 AWGIE for Best Writing for Music Theatre (LITTLE BIRD).

She has also worked as an adaptor, creating new versions of Ibsen’s GHOSTS, Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET and Oscar Wilde’s THE YOUNG KING.

She has been twice nominated for Helpmann awards, in 2015 (Best New Australian Work, LITTLE BIRD and 2016 (Best Production Children’s Theatre, THE YOUNG KING.)

Her plays are published by Currency Press and Phoenix Educational Press.

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Our Mission

To lovingly craft original, beautiful, complex, life-affirming, heartfelt, richly rewarding, emotive and bold theatre for adults and young people and to be internationally recognised for:

  • ‘coming of age’ and ‘getting of wisdom’ stories;
  • exceptional storytelling built on inspirational scripts and narratives;
  • theatre inspired by the beauty around us, celebrating life, death, hope and the capacity to live rich and meaningful lives;
  • a beautiful, complex, world-worn aesthetic;
  • immersive, theatrical worlds;
  • an intimate connection between audience and performers.

 

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