our history



by Brian Friel - 2005

Flying Penguin’s 2005 debut Translations by Brian Friel was nominated for Best Production in The Advertiser ‘Oscarts’ and at The Adelaide Theatre Guide ‘Curtain Call Awards’. The production was invited to tour to Melbourne’s prestigious Malthouse Theatre in 2006, where it enjoyed a sell out season and was winner of Best Theatre Export in The Sunday Mail ‘Horatio Awards’.



by Harold Pinter - 2007 

In May 2007, the company presented the South Australian premiere of The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter. The production was a critical and box office sensation, winning nearly every major theatre award including Best Drama Production at the ATG ‘Curtain Call Awards’, and The Sunday Mail ‘Horatio Awards’ for Best Production and Best Actor. Significantly, Flying Penguin was also awarded the Adelaide Critic’s Circle Award for Outstanding Group Achievement for the production. 



by Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman - 2007


December 2007 saw Flying Penguin present another first for South Australia – the musical theatre masterpiece Assassins - as part of the Adelaide Festival Centre’s 2007 program. The sold-out production earnt a nomination for Best Musical at the ATG ‘Curtain Call Awards’ and an Adelaide Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Group Achievement.




by Sam Shepard - 2009


In May of 2009, the South Australian premiere of True West was presented at Holden Street Theatres, and became one of Flying Penguin's most successful works ever. The production was again awarded Best Production at both the ATG and Sunday Mail Awards. Its director was awarded the Critic’s Circle Award for Excellence, and its lead actors Renato Musolino and Nicholas Garsden were winners of most of the city’s acting honours for that year. The production was remounted due to popular demand as part of the 2010 Adelaide Fringe Festival, to further acclaim.




by David Harrower - 2010


In October of the same year, the company presented the South Australian premiere of David Harrower’s play Blackbird – in a critically acclaimed season as part of the AFCT Inspace season, and was nominated by The Adelaide Critic’s Circle for Outstanding Group Achievement and the Adelaide Theatre Guide’s Curtain Call Award for Best Production.




by Angela Betzien - 2013

In September 2013, the company presented an acclaimed production of The Dark Room by Angela Betzien in association with State Theatre Company SA and Holden Street Theatres. The production received a nomination for director, David Mealor (Outstanding Individual – Leadership) and the Award for actor Jordan Cowan (Outstanding Individual – Emerging) in the Adelaide Critic’s Circle Awards. The production was also awarded the Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Award 2013/2014 for Best Production (Drama) and Best Actress.


by Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet - 2016


In July 2016 the company presented the South Australian premiere of a new version of the song cycle The Juliet Letters. The production was presented as part of the internationally famous Adelaide Cabaret Festival (2017) and in association with The Zephyr Quartet. The production was well received, playing to full houses and to standing ovations.




Bitch Boxer by Charlotte Josephine and Sea Wall by Simon Stephens - 2018


In September 2018, Flying Penguin presented a double bill of monologues that featured the plays Bitch Boxer and the South Australian premiere of Sea Wall.  Presented in the intimacy of the Goodwood Institute Studio, the production was commended as one of the stand out theatre experiences of the year, with director David Mealor being awarded the Adelaide Critic’s Circle Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement, Sea Wall performer Renato Musolino being nominated for the same award, and both Musolino's and Bitch Boxer actress Jordan Cowan’s performances being mentioned among the significant ‘Best of 2018’ by acclaimed Adelaide Theatre critic Murray Bramwell. The production was also nominated for Best Production at the 2018 Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Awards, and Musolino won Best Actor.


by Simon Stephens - 2021

In association with the Adelaide Festival Centre, David Mealor and Renato Musolino remounted Sea Wall for the 2021 Adelaide Fringe, transitioning from the the Goodwood Institute to the beautiful Space Theatre at the Festival Centre. The season was again a sell-out and was critically lauded, gaining a 5-star review on InDaily by respected critic Murray Bramwell.




by David Mamet - 2021

In association with Brink Productions, David Mealor produced and directed a smadsh-hit production of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross at the Bakehouse Theatre. The show garnered rave reviews from Adelaide and international critics, sold out the entire season before even the first preview, and snapped up a nomination for the Best Individual Performance Award for Rory Walker in his powerhouse performance of the pathetic, lovable and loathable Shelley Levine. 

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