Grug & the Rainbow

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

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Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawang tree that fell to the ground. Fascinated by the world around him and full of determination, Grug embarks on an epic journey to reach the rainbow that always seems just beyond his grasp.

Will our grassy little friend find what he’s looking for? And what fun and adventure will he have along the way?

Featuring exquisite puppetry, plenty of surprises and more of the gentle storytelling that has delighted audiences around the world, this show has been especially created for our littlest theatregoers (and Grug fans of all ages).

  • Recommended for age
  • Theatre
  • 34 minutes

Highlights from the Show

A Note from the Director

Sam Haren

I don’t imagine there will be many occasions in my career that I’ll get to work with one of my childhood heroes – but creating this show was one of them!

It was an exciting privilege to create the first Grug show with Windmill Theatre Co, and was a very rare opportunity to create Grug and the Rainbow as a sequel.

I was a huge fan of Grug growing up in Australia. The original Grug book was one of my favourites. I vividly remember the images of Grug evolving from the bristly top of a tree, and imagined all the corners of his intriguing, underground home. There was something unique about Grug that captured my imagination as a five-year-old.

Grug is the only creature of his kind, and is perhaps unique for a children’s book character, as he doesn’t have any family to guide him through his experiences in the world. Instead, Grug learns to solve the challenges he encounters on his own, using his creativity, inventiveness and generosity. Perhaps Grug’s special kind of independence and adventurousness is part of what makes him so appealing to a young child.

In Grug and the Rainbow, Grug adventures into the world around him – and sets out to catch all of the elusive colours of the rainbow so he can create his own. This production has been created by a group of artists that shared my childhood love of Grug – from the lovingly crafted set and puppets designed by Jonathon Oxlade; the idiosyncratic soundscapes created by DJ TR!P; to the inventive, genuine performances of the actors that bring Grug and his friends to life.

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Meet the Cast and Creative Team

  • Sam Haren


    Sam is currently a Creative Director of Sandpit, a company who create immersive, and interactive theatre and personal experiences. Sam was the Artistic Director of The Border Project from 2002-2012, directing/co-directing all of their work during that time. He has co-directed Ghosts Toast and the Things Unsaid (Sandpit/ Google’s Creative Lab), Eyes (Sandpit) and Skeleton with Larissa McGowan (Adelaide Festival 2013 & Dance Massive/Malthouse). Sam has worked with Australian Dance Theatre as a dramaturg and researcher. He was one of three international finalists for Rolex’s Mentor and Protégé Initiative for a mentorship with Julie Taymor in 2006. For Windmill Theatre Co, Sam has directed Plop!, Escape from Peligro Island, Grug and Grug and the Rainbow, as well as interactive experience My Room.

  • Matt Crook


    Matt is a Flinders Drama Centre graduate, ensemble member of award-winning independent theatre company and a recipient of the Critics’ Circle emerging artist of the year. For Windmill Theatre Co, Matt has appeared in Rumpelstiltskin (co-produced with State Theatre Company South Australia [STCSA]), toured Grug through China and North America, including a one-month New York season in 2013, 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 (STCSA), The Front (Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Once Upon a Midnight (OzAsia Festival), The Bureau of Complaints (AJZ Productions), No Hello (Duende), Van Badham’s Notoriously Yours, The Lake, The Share and That Face ( Matt’s film credits include the multi-award-winning 2015 thriller One Eyed Girl (Dir. Nick Matthews, Projector Films), SBS comedy series DANGER 5 (series 1 & 2) and various short films and commercials.

  • Nathan O’Keefe


    Nathan has worked extensively in theatre within Australia and overseas. Recent credits include Tartuffe (STCSA/Brink), Things I Know To Be True, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hedda Gabler (STCSA), Masquerade (STCSA/Griffin), Betrayal (STCSA/Melbourne Theatre Company) and the title role of Pinocchio (Windmill Theatre Co/STCSA) in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and at The New Victory Theater on Broadway, New York. Other credits include Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen, Hot Fudge, Ghosts, King Lear, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, Three Sisters (STCSA), Thursday, The Hypochondriac, Harbinger (Brink), this uncharted hour (STCSA/Brink), Man Covets Bird (Slingsby), I Am Not An Animal, I Animal (The Border Project), Mr. McGee and the Biting Flea, Emily Loves To Bounce, Me & My Shadow (Patch), Plop!, Grug, Grug & The Rainbow (Windmill Theatre Co). Nathan is an Adelaide Theatre Guide and Adelaide Critics Circle Award Recipient.


  • Tamara Rewse

    Performer, Puppet Maker

    Tamara Rewse has worked as a Director, Devisor, Maker, Singer and Performer in Puppet and Visual Theatre since 1997, touring internationally and nationally. She has worked as both a performer and puppeteer on Piccasso and his Dog (Lemony S), Mr Freezy (Arena Theatre Company), Grug, Grug and the Rainbow (Windmill Theatre Co), COOP (Black Hole Theatre) and Tangle, We Built this City, Paper Planet, Tangle Weave, Forest Feast (Polyglot Theatre). Tamara is also a member of Men of Steel and was involved in their self-titled debut work, Men of Steel as well as Hard Rubbish. Her skills include making props and puppets for film, television and theatre.

  • Ellen Steele


    Ellen graduated from Flinders Drama Centre in 2006 and has worked extensively in theatre both within Australia and overseas. Credits include Between Two Waves, Holding the Man, Maestro (STCSA), Love, Ruby Bruise (Vitalstatistix), Wolf (Slingsby Theatre Company), I Am Not An Animal, I Animal (The Border Project), Mr McGee and the Biting Flea (Patch Theatre Company), Grug, Girl Asleep, Big Bad Wolf, Grug and the Rainbow (Windmill Theatre Co). Ellen is a founding member of independent theatre company isthisyours? and has also developed work with independent artists and companies throughout Adelaide and Melbourne. She was involved in Goodbye, CSIRAC (Zoe Meagher) and Kids Can Get Lost (Split Second) as part of Next Wave Festival, Au Revoir Abattoir (Little Black Box), Audio Commentary (isthisyours?) and Crawl Me Blood (Aphids) as part of Adhocracy, I Left You This Way (FOLA) and The Plains (Sanctum Theatre).


  • Jonathon Oxlade


    Jonathon studied Illustration and Sculpture at The Queensland College of Art and has designed sets and costumes in Australia 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, STCSA, Sydney Theatre Company, The Escapists, Sandpit and Belvoir St Theatre. Jonathon has also designed for venues and festivals including the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Festival, Brisbane Festival, Asia TOPA, Adelaide Festival and Fringe, The Malthouse, Performance Space and the Queensland Art Gallery. He illustrated the picture book The Empty City for Hachette Livre/Lothian and the Edie Amelia series by Sophie Lee. Jonathon is currently the Resident Designer at Windmill Theatre Co and won his first AACTA Award for Costume Design in 2016 for his work on Windmill’s debut film, Girl Asleep. Jonathon is also a recipient of the 2017 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

  • DJ TR!P


    DJ TR!P is a multi-award winning producer, composer and performer of electronic music. Over a career spanning 20 years he has built an impressive repertoire of live compositions for his club sets, a variety of high profile contemporary theatre, dance and film productions, as well as for festival openings, launches and major cultural events. He has played live at numerous national and international venues, festivals and events including The New Victory Theater (42nd St, New York), Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, The Tank (New York), State Theater (New Jersey), Super Deluxe (Tokyo), Game On (from the Barbican Art Gallery), MONA FOMA, Adelaide’s New Years Eve’s Fireworks Countdown, DARK MOFO, The Famous Spielgeltent, Ten Days On The Island, Sydney Opera House, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Festival, Big Day Out, ACMI, Federation Square (New Years Eve), Brisbane Powerhouse, Falls Festival and many more. DJ TR!P worked with Windmill Theatre Co previously as the composer for their shows Plop! and Grug.

  • Chris Petridis

    Lighting Designer

    Chris completed his Technical Production course at the Adelaide Centre of the Arts and has since been working and continuing to develop his experience across theatre, dance and other live events both in Australia and overseas. He has worked on State Theatre Company South Australia’s The Kreutzer Sonata, Maggie Stone and Little Bird, Slingsby Theatre Company’s The Mouse, The Bird and the Sausage, Torque Show’s MALMO, The Border Project’s Half Real, Ludwig’s Fleck and Flecker and’s Muff. Chris also worked on If There was a Colour Darker than Black, I’d Wear It, a multimedia performance project for Country Arts SA. He has 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 lights and video. Chris has been the lighting designer for Windmill Theatre Co’s Big Bad Wolf and The Story Thieves.

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18 - 19 March The Kennedy Center / Washington DC, United States of America
21 March FirstOntario Performing Arts Center / St Catharines, Canada
22 March Burlington Performing Arts Center / Burlington, Canada
23 March Rose Theatre / Brampton, Canada
25 March Centre in the Square, Studio Theatre / Kitchener, Canada
3 - 8 April Walton Arts Center / Fayettville, United States of America
11 - 18 April The Temple Theater / Des Moines, United States of America
21 - 22 April Raritan Valley Community College Theater / Branchburg, United States of America
27 April Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center / Westhampton, United States of America
2 - 7 May Playhouse Square / Cleveland, United States of America
10 - 21 May New Victory Theater / New York City, United States of America
25 - 27 May Surrey International Children's Festival / Surrey, Canada
30 May - 4 June Vancouver International Children's Festival / Vancouver, Canada
31 August Burnie Arts & Function Centre / Burnie, Australia
12 September Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre / Casula, Australia
15 - 16 September Civic Theatre / Wagga Wagga, Australia
26 - 27 September Riverside Parramatta / Parramatta, Australia
29 - 30 September Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre / Penrith, Australia
3 - 4 October Karralyka Centre / Karralyka, Australia
6 October Burrinja Theatre / Burrinja, Australia
10 October Capital Theatre / Bendigo, Australia
18 October Lighthouse Studio / Warrnambool, Australia
21 October Geelong Performing Arts Centre / Geelong, Australia
25 October Nautilus Arts Centre / Port Lincoln, Australia
31 October Middleback Arts Centre / Whyalla, Australia
2 November Northern Festival Centre / Port Pirie, Australia
4 November Chaffey Theatre / Renmark, Australia
7 November Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre / Mount Gambier, Australia
10 November Hopgood Theatre / Noarlunga, Australia


"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 – Jonathon 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
  • Performer, Puppet Maker Tamara Rewse
  • Performer Ellen Steele
  • Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Composer DJ TR!P
  • Lighting Designer Chris Petridis


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