Based on the picture book character created by Ted Prior
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).
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).
Jonathon studied illustration and sculpture at Queensland College of Art, and since leaving he has trained with Kid Praha in the Czech Republic focussing on puppetry. As a theatre designer Jonathon has designed set and costumes for Queensland Theatre Company, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Circa, Kooemba Jdarra, Zen Zen Zo, Arena Theatre Company, Polyglot, Bell Shakespeare, Polytoxic, The Escapists, The Border Project and LaBoite Theatre. Venues and festivals include Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Festival, Brisbane Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Sydney Theatre Company, Malthouse and Queensland Art Gallery. Jonathon is Windmill Theatre Co’s Resident Designer.
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 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.
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.
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Jude graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Hons) 2006 and has since worked extensively for flagship, independent and experimental theatre companies in Australia and internationally. Companies include Bell Shakespeare, Ontrorend Goed, State Theatre Company of SA, Windmill Theatre Co and Patch Theatre. Jude is an associate member of The Border Project and a founding member of isthisyours? Film and television credits include Sunshine and Oranges, The Swimming Lesson, Yuri Shima, Wire Through the Heart and Rainshadow.
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.
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.
"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."