Windmill Baby single work   drama  
Note: Lawford is not credited as co-writer in the published version although she is thanked for her input in the Author's Note.
Issue Details: First known date: 2004 2004
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Windmill Baby is the story of Maymay, an old Aboriginal woman who returns to the deserted Kimberley cattle station that was her home 50 years ago. A one-woman redemption piece told through Indigenous voices, with the endearing characters of Wun-man, Two-man, Aunty Darbella and old Maymay, this play is delivered with the poetry of a campfire storyteller.

Notes

  • A one-woman play.

Production Details

  • Read at the 2004 Australian National Playwrights' Conference and performed in a staged reading at the Wharf 2, Sydney on 20 May 2004.

    First full production at the Subiaco Theatre Centre on 23 February 2005. Directed by David Milroy, starring Rohanna Angus.

    Also produced at the Salisbury Festival, England, and toured to Canada, regional Australia and Belfast in 2006. Produced at the Mumbai Festival, India, in January 2007.

    The production toured through schools by Yaakin Noongar Theatre in 2009.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2004
  • Appears in:
    y Contemporary Indigenous Plays Windmill Baby, Rainbow's End, King Hit, Bitin' Back, Black Medea Larissa Behrendt (editor), Vivienne Cleven (editor), Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2007 Z1366759 2007 anthology drama (taught in 12 units)

    'Five plays from around the country which illustrate that the rich tradition of indigenous storytelling is flourishing in contemporary Australian theatre.' (Source: Australianplays.org)

    Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2007
    pg. [201]-228

Works about this Work

Serving the Living Land : Place and Belonging in Australian Aboriginal Drama Maryrose Casey , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Enacting Nature : Ecocritical Perspectives on Indigenous Performance 2014; (p. 151-164)
'European settler fear and distrust of the physical environment has been a notable feature in Australian literary writings since the nineteenth century...In contrast, Indigenous Australians traditionally have a strong, positive and multi-layered relationship with their historical homelands...'
Actress's New Role Close to the Heart Rosalie Higson , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 July 2011; (p. 14)
Windmill Turns on Tragedy Andrew Taylor , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 17 July 2011; (p. 31)
Gritty Outback Tale Shakes the Dust off the Past Jason Blake , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 August 2011; (p. 14)

— Review of Windmill Baby David Milroy Josie Ningali Lawford 2004 single work drama
One-Woman Play Comes to Belvoir 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 13 July no. 505 2011; (p. 73)
No Bush Meeting for Yirra Yaakin 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 11 February no. 444 2009; (p. 60)
Windmill Baby to Show in London Origins Festival 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 25 March no. 447 2009; (p. 46)
'Windmill Baby' Wows Indians Ken Boase , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 31 January no. 393 2007; (p. 32)
Fringe Performance for 'Windmill Baby' 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 15 March no. 371 2006; (p. 33)
Windmill Baby is the only West Australian production chosen for a mainstage spotlight performance at the 2006 Australian Performing Arts Market as part of the Fringe festival in Adelaide.
Play Will Feature in Canada 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 27 September no. 385 2006; (p. 69)
High Hopes for One Hander Ron Banks , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 20 January 2005; (p. 9)
The Real Drama Continues over Award-Winning Play's Authorship Gary Adshead , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 31 January 2005; (p. 2)
Untitled Gary Adshead , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 8 February 2005; (p. 2)
Love Beneath the Blades Victoria Laurie , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 25 February 2005; (p. 17)

— Review of Windmill Baby David Milroy Josie Ningali Lawford 2004 single work drama
Searching for Answers Louise Fisher , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Western Suburbs Weekly , 22 February 2005; (p. 19)

— Review of Windmill Baby David Milroy Josie Ningali Lawford 2004 single work drama
Laughter and Tears Ron Banks , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 25 February 2005; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Windmill Baby David Milroy Josie Ningali Lawford 2004 single work drama
One-Woman Play Opens Jodi Hoffmann , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 9 March no. 346 2005; (p. 36)
Winning Tale Spun from the Windmills of Their Minds Lenny Ann Low , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 May 2004; (p. 7)
Love Beneath the Blades Victoria Laurie , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 25 February 2005; (p. 17)

— Review of Windmill Baby David Milroy Josie Ningali Lawford 2004 single work drama
Searching for Answers Louise Fisher , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Western Suburbs Weekly , 22 February 2005; (p. 19)

— Review of Windmill Baby David Milroy Josie Ningali Lawford 2004 single work drama
Laughter and Tears Ron Banks , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 25 February 2005; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Windmill Baby David Milroy Josie Ningali Lawford 2004 single work drama
Gritty Outback Tale Shakes the Dust off the Past Jason Blake , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 August 2011; (p. 14)

— Review of Windmill Baby David Milroy Josie Ningali Lawford 2004 single work drama
Winning Tale Spun from the Windmills of Their Minds Lenny Ann Low , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 May 2004; (p. 7)
High Hopes for One Hander Ron Banks , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 20 January 2005; (p. 9)
The Real Drama Continues over Award-Winning Play's Authorship Gary Adshead , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 31 January 2005; (p. 2)
Untitled Gary Adshead , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 8 February 2005; (p. 2)
One-Woman Play Opens Jodi Hoffmann , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 9 March no. 346 2005; (p. 36)
Fringe Performance for 'Windmill Baby' 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 15 March no. 371 2006; (p. 33)
Windmill Baby is the only West Australian production chosen for a mainstage spotlight performance at the 2006 Australian Performing Arts Market as part of the Fringe festival in Adelaide.
Play Will Feature in Canada 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 27 September no. 385 2006; (p. 69)
'Windmill Baby' Wows Indians Ken Boase , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 31 January no. 393 2007; (p. 32)
No Bush Meeting for Yirra Yaakin 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 11 February no. 444 2009; (p. 60)
Windmill Baby to Show in London Origins Festival 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 25 March no. 447 2009; (p. 46)
Actress's New Role Close to the Heart Rosalie Higson , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 July 2011; (p. 14)
Windmill Turns on Tragedy Andrew Taylor , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 17 July 2011; (p. 31)
One-Woman Play Comes to Belvoir 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 13 July no. 505 2011; (p. 73)
Serving the Living Land : Place and Belonging in Australian Aboriginal Drama Maryrose Casey , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Enacting Nature : Ecocritical Perspectives on Indigenous Performance 2014; (p. 151-164)
'European settler fear and distrust of the physical environment has been a notable feature in Australian literary writings since the nineteenth century...In contrast, Indigenous Australians traditionally have a strong, positive and multi-layered relationship with their historical homelands...'
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