Grug

Based on the much-loved picture book character created by Ted Prior.

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About

Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawang tree that fell to the ground. Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, Grug is fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss.

When dancing instructions are too difficult to understand, he invents his own dance and calls it ‘The Grug’. When snails eat his cabbages, Grug plants more cabbages so there will be enough for both him and the snails. Ted Prior’s hugely popular character (with 110,000 Facebook fans!) is brought to life for this magical stage production for our very young theatre lovers.

  • Recommended for age
  • Theatre
  • 35 minutes

Awards

  • 2013 Business SA Export Award Winner: Creative Industries Award
  • 2012 Business SA Export Award  Winner: Arts and Entertainment Award
  • 2011 Victor Award Winner: International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase In Tampa, Florida: Best Show
  • 2011 Helpmann Award Nomination: Best Production for Children
  • 2011 South Australian Ruby Award  Nomination: Best Work
  • 2010 Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Award Winner: Best show, Comedy, Professional

Buy Tickets

23 - 26 November Marphy's Play House / Chengdu, China
1 - 3 December You Art Centre / Changde, China
7 - 10 December Little Dreamer Theatre / Zhengzhou, China

Highlights from the Show

Meet the Cast & Creative Team

  • Sam Haren

    Director

    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

    Designer

    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

    Composer

    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.

  • Ellen Steele

    Performer

    Ellen graduated from Flinders Drama Centre in 2006 and has since 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).

    She has also performed in 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).

     

  • Nathan O’Keefe

    Performer

    Nathan has worked extensively in theatre both nationally and internationally. Recent credits include Tartuffe (STCSA/Brink), Things I Know To Be True, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hedda Gabler (STCSA) and Masquerade (STCSA/Griffin).He also performed in 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.

     

  • Lucas Stibbard

    Performer

    Lucas Stibbard makes theatre and performance work. His work with The Escapists, a multi-disciplinary collective he co-founded, has included co-writing, co-directing, producing and performing in the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning boy girl wall (for which he received a Helpmann Award nomination for best actor), Elephant Gun for the World Theatre Festivals in 2011/12,  Attack of the Attacking Attackers! and Packed.

    Lucas has worked nationally and internationally as a performer, and his credits include Bell Shakespeare (Richard III and The Alchemist), La Boite (Straight White Men, The Danger AgeZig Zag Street), Queensland Theatre Company (Constellations, The SeagullMacbethHamlet, Fractions, Grimm Tales, Real Inspector Hound, Black Comedy, Eating Ice Cream With Your Eyes Closed, Richard II), The State Theatre Company of South Australia (HamletStraight White Men), Melbourne Theatre Company (North by Northwest) and Windmill Theatre (Grug).  Film and Television appearances include Hoges, Wanted, Prank Patrol, Kokoda and The Great Raid.

     

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WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

"He’s like the Elmo of Down Under."

The New York Times

"One suspects the young audience members will remember this amiable little quality show forever."

The Advertiser

"Grug with his wonderful big eyes is surprisingly expressive for a little haystack."

The Advertiser

"Who’d have thought so much fun would come from the top of a Burrawang tree."

Sunday Mail

"Windmill has again created a show in which children can wonderfully discover the magic and the fun and play in theatre."

Australian Stage

"Everything theatre should be: imaginative, expertly performed and completely captivating."

State Theatre NJ

Credits

  • Director Sam Haren
  • Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Composer DJ TR!P
  • Performer Ellen Steele
  • Performer Nathan O’Keefe
  • Performer Lucas Stibbard
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