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

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He’s back by popular demand. Following sold out seasons across the world (including New York’s Broadway), our amiable little megastar returns home for a strictly limited season.

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


  • 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

Highlights from the Show

Meet the Cast & Creative Team

  • Sam Haren


    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 Oxlade


    Jonathon studied Illustration and Sculpture at the Queensland College of Art. He has designed set and costumes 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, State Theatre Company South Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, The Escapists, Sandpit and Belvoir St Theatre. Venues and Festivals he has designed set and costumes for include the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Festival, Asia TOPA, Adelaide Festival and Fringe, The Malthouse, Performance Space and the Queensland Art Gallery. Jonathon has illustrated the picture book The Empty City for Hachette Livre/Lothian, the Edie Amelia series by Sophie Lee, was Festival Designer for the 2010 Out of the Box Festival, 2015 Brisbane Festival’s Arcadia and is currently the Resident Designer at Windmill Theatre.

  • Jude Henshall


    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.

  • Matt Crook


    Matt is a Flinders Drama Centre graduate, ensemble member of award-winning independent theatre company and recipient of the Critics’ Circle emerging artist of the year. For Windmill Theatre Co, Matt has toured Grug through China and North America, and has 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 for State Theatre Company of South Australia and The Front (Adelaide Cabaret Festival). Matt’s film credits include the multi-award-winning 2015 thriller One Eyed Girl (Projector Films); SBS comedy series Danger 5 (series 1 and 2) and various short films and commercials.

  • Hamish Fletcher


    Hamish is a versatile puppeteer and puppet maker with a Masters in Puppetry from Victoria College of the Arts. He has also trained under Philipe Genty, Mary Underwood, Duda Paiva and Peter Wilson. Hamish has worked extensively in theatre, television and cross arts forms. 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.

  • DJ TR!P


    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.

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"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


  • Director Sam Haren
  • Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Performer Jude Henshall
  • Performer Matt Crook
  • Performer Hamish Fletcher
  • Composer DJ TR!P




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