Our Story

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 for family audiences and young people aged eight years and over.

Artistic Director Andy Packer and General Manager/Producer Stacey Baldwin are passionate about creating memorable experiences for audiences of all ages. They collaborate with Australia’s finest artists across many disciplines and foster international theatrical alliances. Slingsby’s productions have been presented in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Singapore, Norway, China and India, earning the company a reputation for excellence in the creation of work for young audiences.

 

The company’s world worn, timeless aesthetic is embedded into each show, transporting audiences to a time and place that is at the same time familiar and new. The company’s first work The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy (written by prolific Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer) was an international success and has been performed over 300 times worldwide. Current works in repertoire The Young King and Emil and the Detectives have built on Slingsby’s international reputation as a company of excellence.

Slingsby has garnered many coveted awards for its work including three Ruby Awards, a prestigious Victor Award (People’s Choice) – International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase 2017 for The Young King and a Helpmann Award (Best Presentation for Children) for Emil and the Detectives in 2018.

Slingsby produces and tours original theatre productions that captivate, challenge and inspire hope through memorable theatre experiences that evoke a sense of renewed wonder in the world we live in, and the role we each can play in building a happy and harmonious global society.

Slingsby encourages togetherness through a sophisticated aesthetic and complex emotional storytelling. The company focuses on sharing timeless, otherworldly stories of loss, hope and wonder, helping audience members find resilience in their own situations and empathy for those around them.

Our People

Andy Packer

CEO & Artistic Director

Since completing a BA in 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

Since completing a BA in 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 thirteen years Slingsby has toured its original productions to more than 100 venues in 80 cities and towns across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Canada, UK, Scotland, Spain, Ireland and Norway, India and China winning 16 industry awards along the way.

Alongside Slingsby, Andy has built a freelance career as a Director of opera, musical theatre, cabaret and concerts. 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 and Australian String Quartet. In 2019 Andy was show director of the World of WearableArt Awards Show in Wellington, New Zealand’s largest theatrical event attracting an audience in excess of 60,000.

Andy and his wife Jane love living in Adelaide, South Australia with their three sons, nine chickens and retired greyhound.

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Stacey Baldwin

General Manager/Producer

Stacey brings more than a decade of diverse arts management experience, vibrant enthusiasm and a passion for establishing efficient organisational systems to her role as General Manager & Producer at Slingsby. Stacey

Stacey brings more than a decade of diverse arts management experience, vibrant enthusiasm and a passion for establishing efficient organisational systems to her role as General Manager & Producer at Slingsby.

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. In 2018 Stacey was recognised as a Future Makers Fellow with the Centre of Sustainability Leadership.

In June 2019, Stacey was appointed as Deputy Chair of Access2Arts.

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Van Locker

Production Manager

Van has worked full time in the performing arts since graduating Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 1999. Working primarily as a Production Manager in small to medium companies in

Van has worked full time in the performing arts since graduating Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 1999. Working primarily as a Production Manager in small to medium companies in New Zealand and Australia, his primary focus has been the development and touring of works throughout Australasia, Europe, and North America.

He now lives in the Adelaide Hills with his family – Stacey, Lily and Cupcake the dog.

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Georgia Stanley

Associate Producer

Georgia is an emerging South Australian actor and producer. Since graduation from Adelaide College of the Arts she has worked as the Marketing Coordinator for both the Adelaide Festival (2017-2020) and

Georgia is an emerging South Australian actor and producer. Since graduation from Adelaide College of the Arts she has worked as the Marketing Coordinator for both the Adelaide Festival (2017-2020) and the Art Gallery of South Australia (2018). In 2018 she had her first professional stage appearance in State Theatre Company’s Umbrella production, Welcome The Bright World by Stephen Sewell; on which she also worked as the Associate Producer. She is currently the Associate Artist at Slingsby Theatre Company working closely with Andy Packer on the maintenance of existing work and creation of new work, as producer and tour manager.

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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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