Grug & the Rainbow (US & Canada)

More stories based on the picture book character created by Ted Prior.

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Grug began his life as the grassy top of a Burrawang tree. Fascinated by the world around him and never short of an adventure, now he’s back by popular demand.

Embarking on his own epic journey to find a rainbow, it always seems just beyond his grasp. But Grug is full of determination and his adventures are always full of surprises.

Featuring exquisite puppetry and more of the gentle storytelling that has delighted audiences around the world, this brand new show has been especially created for the next generation of our littlest theatregoers (and those who just love Grug).

  • Recommended for age
  • Theatre
  • 34 minutes

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18 - 19 March The Kennedy Center / Washington DC, United States of America
25 March Centre in the Square, Studio Theatre / Kitchener, Canada
8 April Walton Arts Center / Fayettville, United States of America
15 April The Temple Theater / Des Moines, United States of America
22 April Raritan Valley Community College Theater / Branchburg, United States of America
6 - 7 May Playhouse Square / Cleveland, United States of America
13 - 21 May New Victory Theater / New York City, United States of America
27 May Surrey International Children's Festival / Surrey, Canada
30 May - 17 June Vancouver International Children's Festival / Vancouver, Canada

Highlights from the Show

Meet the Cast and Creative Team

  • Sam Haren


    Sam is a Creative Director of Sandpit, a company who create immersive, personal experiences that change people. From 2002-2012 he was Artistic Director of The Border Project, and directed/co-directed all of the company’s work in this time. For Windmill Theatre Co, he has directed Plop!, Grug and Grug and the Rainbow, as well as interactive experience My Room.

    He also co-directed Skeleton with Larissa McGowan (Adelaide Festival 2013 & Dance Massive/Malthouse), directed and choreographed Theatrical Trailer for Alien 5 (ADT Ignition 2007 & 2008) and The Game is Not Over (ADT Ignition 2006).

  • Matt Crook


    Matt is a Flinders Drama Centre graduate, ensemble member of award-winning independent theatre company and recipient of the Critics’ Circle emerging artist of the year. For Windmill Theatre Co, Matt has toured Grug through China and North America, and has appeared in Grug and The Rainbow and The Girl Who Cried Wolf. Other highlights include Volpone (Or The Fox), Between Two Waves, Babyteeth, Pornography and The Give And Take for State Theatre Company of South Australia and The Front (Adelaide Cabaret Festival). Matt’s film credits include the multi-award-winning 2015 thriller One Eyed Girl (Projector Films); SBS comedy series Danger 5 (series 1 and 2) and various short films and commercials.

  • Nathan O’Keefe


    Nathan’s recent theatre highlights include co-creating and performing in the Helpmann award-winning Me and My Shadow for Patch Theatre (New Vic, 2013); multi-award-winning Pinocchio (Windmill Theatre Co); Ruby Award-winning Man Covets Bird for Slingsby and Windmill Theatre Co’s Helpmann-nominated Grug. His other career highlights include Thursday, Harbinger, This Uncharted Hour and The Hypochondriac (Brink Productions); Masquerade, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hedda Gabler, King Lear and The Comedy of Errors (Bell Shakespeare), and The Comedy of Errors (Bell Shakespeare and State Theatre Company of SA). Nathan’s film and TV credits include Alexandra’s Project, Broken Hill, All Saints and the upcoming mini-series Deadline Gallipoli.

  • Tamara Rewse

    Puppet Construction, Performer

    Tamara Rewse has worked as a director, devisor, maker, singer and performer in puppet and visual theatre since 1997, touring internationally and nationally. Her most recent works include; Men of Steel Hard Rubbish (2013), Men of Steel (voted 2007 Top 7 shows for Children – Time Out UK).

    Tamara has worked as a performer and puppeteer for Picasso and his Dog (Lemony S), Mr Freezy (Arena Theatre Company), Grug, Grug & the Rainbow (Windmill Theatre Co), COOP (Black Hole Theatre), Tangle, We Built this City and City of Riddles, Tangle Weave, Forest Feast (Polyglot Theatre). Her skills include making props and puppets for film, television and theatre.

  • Ellen Steele


    Ellen has worked extensively in theatre throughout Australia and overseas, with productions including Between Two Waves, Holding the Man, Maestro (State Theatre Company of SA), Love, Ruby Bruise (Vitalstatistix), Wolf (Slingsby), I Am Not An Animal, I, Animal (The Border Project), Grug, Girl Asleep, Big Bad Wolf, Grug and the Rainbow (Windmill Theatre Co), Mr McGee and the Biting Flea (Patch Theatre Company). Ellen is also a founding member of independent theatre company isthisyours? whose productions include Nathalie Ribout, Make Me Honest, Make Me Wedding Cake, Best We Forget, You Wanna Talk About It and The Awkward Years.

  • Jonathon Oxlade


    Jonathon studied Illustration and Sculpture at the Queensland College of Art. He has designed set and costumes for Windmill Theatre Co, Queensland Theatre, LaBoite Theatre, Is This Yours?, Aphids, Circa, Arena Theatre Company, Polyglot, The Real TV Project, Polytoxic, Men of Steel, Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Vitalstatistix, Barking Gecko, Bell Shakespeare, The Border Project, State Theatre Company South Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, The Escapists, Sandpit and Belvoir St Theatre. Venues and Festivals he has designed set and costumes for include the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Festival, Asia TOPA, Adelaide Festival and Fringe, The Malthouse, Performance Space and the Queensland Art Gallery. Jonathon has illustrated the picture book The Empty City for Hachette Livre/Lothian, the Edie Amelia series by Sophie Lee, was Festival Designer for the 2010 Out of the Box Festival, 2015 Brisbane Festival’s Arcadia and is currently the Resident Designer at Windmill Theatre.

  • DJ TR!P


    DJ TR!P is a multi-award winning producer, composer and performer of electronic music. Over the past 17 years he has built an impressive repertoire of live compositions for his club sets, a variety of high profile contemporary theatre, dajude and film productions, as well as for festival openings, launches and major cultural events. During his career DJ TR!P has also been in various musical collaborations with artists/acts such as The New Pollutants, Cooperblack, Echelon, Climbs and Brian Ritchie from Violent Femmes. As a live performing act and DJ he has played at numerous national and international venues, festivals and events.

  • Chris Petridis

    Technical Designer

    Chris is a lighting and video designer from Adelaide, South Australia. Following his completion of the Technical Production course at Adelaide Centre of the Arts, Chris has continued to develop his experience across theatre, dance and other live events in Australia and internationally. Chris has worked with State Theatre Company of South Australia, Slingsby Theatre, Windmill Theatre Co, Vitalstatistix, Torque, The Border Project and Country Arts SA. Chris has also worked in association with Geoff Cobham on a number of projects including creating the visual aesthetic for Force Majeure’s Never Did Me Any Harm using light and video.

  • Lucas Stibbard

    Recorded Vocals

  • Glen Finch Glenco

    Set Construction

  • Robert Forrest

    Set Construction

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"Amongst the best children’s theatre you will find; don’t miss this gorgeous show."

The Barefoot Review

"Windmill Theatre are experts at involving the children from the moment they arrive."

Glam Adelaide

"Another exquisitely simple set from Jonathon Oxlade, and the lightest touch from director Sam Haren."

The Advertiser

"Far more than your average children’s show."

The Barefoot Review

"Director Sam Haren has harnessed every element – Jonathan Oxlade’s design magic, DJ TR!P’s funky composition, accessible storytelling, and the puppetry itself – into a seamless whole, all performed in a tight 35 minutes: an ideal length for young attention spans."

Sydney Morning Herald

"There are few things in life as delightful as hearing dozens of children chuckling, gasping and squealing with delight."

Glam Adelaide


  • Director Sam Haren
  • Performer Matt Crook
  • Performer Nathan O’Keefe
  • Puppet Construction, Performer Tamara Rewse
  • Performer Ellen Steele
  • Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Composer DJ TR!P
  • Technical Designer Chris Petridis
  • Recorded Vocals Lucas Stibbard
  • Set Construction Glen Finch Glenco
  • Set Construction Robert Forrest


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