Belvoir Media Release

Matthew Whittet’s whimsical girl’s own adventure for the whole family

Caught in the headlights of her 15th birthday, Greta wishes she could be anywhere else. And strangely enough ‘anywhere else’ is exactly where she finds herself – a peculiar through-the-looking-glass existence that transforms the weird hypocrisy of the adult world into something absurd and beautiful. The bitchy twins who make school a misery, her almost too-romantic imaginary boyfriend, her hyperventilating parents… they all crop up in her tour of her own subconscious. But eventually, even a girl asleep has to wake up.

In recent years we’ve come to know and love Matthew Whittet’s distinctive voice (Seventeen, Cinderella, Old Man). Now, fresh from its season at the Adelaide Festival, we present his hit collaboration with Windmill’s Artistic Director Rosemary Myers – a play about being lost in the jungle of teenagerdom and coming out the other side. On stage Whittet is joined by Dylan Young (The Seagull) and Amber McMahon (Angels in America).

Since it’s theatrical premiere, the team behind Girl Asleep have adapted the play into a feature film which has won the CinefestOz prize, MIFF Critics’ Choice and the Grand Jury Award at the Seattle International Film Festival and captivated audiences around the world. The Belvoir season gives both theatre and film audiences a unique chance to see the live theatre production.

Part fable and part lipstick-smeared vigilante escapade, this is a girl’s own adventure. Heroism and gender implode in a gaudy and gawky rite-of-passage story like you’ve never seen. Or have chosen to forget.

Don’t think you’re too old for this happy mayhem. Fifteen never dies.