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).

  • For ages 2 - 6
  • Theatre
  • 35 minutes

Access and Inclusion

The following performances of Grug and the Rainbow‘s Adelaide season will feature access services:

Audio Description: Thursday 12 April, 12.30pm
Touch Tour: Thursday 12 April, 11.30am (pre-performance)
Auslan Interpretation: Friday 13 April, 12.30pm

For more information on Windmill’s Access and Inclusion program, click here.

Buy Tickets

20 - 21 April Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre / Adelaide, Australia

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 a Creative Director of Sandpit, a company that create immersive, and interactive theatre and personal experiences. Sam was the Artistic Director of The Border Project from 2002-2012, directing or 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.

  • 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 and many more.

    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 events and productions.

    These include 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. Since graduating, he has been working extensively and continuing to develop his experience across theatre, dance, and other live events both in Australia and overseas.

    Chris 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.

  • Tamara Rewse

    Puppet Maker

    Tamara has worked in numerous areas of the performing arts since 1997 including as a Director, Devisor, Maker and Singer. She has toured both nationally and internationally. She has also worked as both a performer and puppeteer for numerous shows.  Her credits include 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.

  • Hamish Fletcher


    Hamish is a versatile puppeteer and puppet maker with a Masters in Puppetry from VCA. working extensively in theatre, television and cross art forms. He has also trained under Philipe Genty, Mary Underwood, Duda Paiva and Peter Wilson.He has collaborated and worked on a range of productions for ABC television, Sticky Pictures, Super Studios and companies Windmill Theatre Co, Arena Theatre, Victorian Opera, Men of Steel, MIFF and Circus Oz. He has toured work to over 25 cities worldwide including to China, Japan, Malaysia, The UK, Ireland, USA, Singapore, Portugal and Canada. He has won Best Host at Kidscreen 2012 as Hoot The Owl for ABC, as well as the Festival Director’s Award as part of Men of Steel at Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

  • Ezra Juanta


    Ezra graduated from Adelaide College of Arts in 2006. Since graduating, Ezra has featured in numerous screen and stage productions, the most notable being his portrayal of The Lion in Windmill Theatre Co’s production of The Wizard of Oz.
    The play toured to Sydney Theatre Company and was nominated for 6 Helpmann Academy Awards. In 2016 Ezra returned to the musical stage with his loveable performance of the ‘Surprise Character’ in State Theatre Company South Australia and Windmill Theatre Co’s new co-produced musical Rumpelstiltskin. Stage credits include Russian Eggflip, The Life of Galileo, Touch me I’m Sick, King Lear, Bye Bye Birdie, Under Milkwood, Littlewing and Twinkle Toes, Vin, The Beginners Guide to Pirates, Helly’s Magic Cup, Boom Bah!, Wizard of Oz, The Water Show, and The Tale of Shaggles and Petrookio, the book show, Me N’ Me Mates, Rumpelstiltskin, Mr Burns.

  • Astrid Pill


    Astrid is a performer, theatre maker, singer & teacher. She most recently appeared in Tartuffe with State Theatre SA/Brink. She has worked & toured extensively with many companies including Patch, The Border Project, Vitalstatistix, Restless Dance Theatre, Ingrid Voorendt, Daisy Brown & Ladykillers. Career highlights include co-creating the Helpmann Award winning shows Mr Magee & the Biting Flea & Me and My Shadow (Patch),  I Am Not An Animal for the Adelaide Festival (The Border Project), writing and performing in Cake (Ladykillers/Vitalstatistix) which toured nationally, internationally & was adapted for Radio National & working on the re-score of Metropolis by The New Pollutants (Adelaide Film Festivals, Perth’s Revelations Film Festival, ACMI, The Sydney Opera House, Mona Foma). Astrid is the recipient of an Adelaide Critics Circle Award, a Fringe Award & an Arts SA Emerging Artist Scholarship, which enabled her to study voice and physical theatre in France & Poland.

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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 - 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

" of the few truly brilliant theatre pieces for toddlers and preschool children."

The Barefoot Review


  • Director Sam Haren
  • Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Composer DJ TR!P
  • Lighting Designer Chris Petridis
  • Puppet Maker Tamara Rewse
  • Performer Hamish Fletcher
  • Performer Ezra Juanta
  • Performer Astrid Pill

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