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 doesnât 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.