Grug and the Rainbow

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


  • AGES 2 6
  • 35mins

From the top of a burrawang tree to the end of a rainbow.

After a rainy day, Grug heads outside to see a beautiful rainbow striped across the sky. He tries to sneak up on it, climbing hills and mountains in an attempt to reach it… but it was always just out of his grasp.

In a magical adaptation of Ted Prior’s beloved picture books, Grug and the Rainbow sees our grassy little friend embark on an epic adventure to bask in the colours of the illusive rainbow.

A smash hit with audiences all over the world, Grug and the Rainbow brings its exquisite puppetry and heart-warming humour back to South Australia in time to delight audiences in the school holidays.

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Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Adult: $28
Child/Concession: $18pp
Group (4+): $18pp
04 October
12:00pm | 2:00pm
05 October
10:00am | 12:00pm
06 October
12:00pm | 2:00pm
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School Program

  • AGES 2-6
  • YEAR ELC-2
  • 35mins
  • $15 per student (schools)
    $12 per student (equity)
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Adelaide, Australia
Term 3/4
School Holidays
04 October
12:00pm | 12:00pm
05 October
10:00am | 12:00pm
06 October
12:00pm | 2:00pm
07 October
12:00pm | 2:00pm
11 October
12:00pm | 2:00pm
12 October
10:00am | 12:00pm
13 October
12:00pm | 2:00pm
14 October
12:00pm | 2:00pm

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 has designed set and costumes for Queensland Theatre, LaBoite Theatre, isthisyours?, Aphids, Arena Theatre Company, Polyglot, The Real TV Project, Polytoxic, Men of Steel, Lemony S Puppet Theatre, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Vitalstatistix and Barking Gecko.

He has also worked with Bell Shakespeare, The Border Project, State Theatre of South Australia, Dead Puppet Society, The Last Great Hunt, Sydney Theatre Company, The Escapists, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sandpit, Belvoir St Theatre and Windmill Theatre Co, where he is resident designer. Jonathon has received numerous awards. Most recently in 2016, Jonathon was awarded the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship and received APDG awards for both Best Production Design and Best Costume Design for Girl Asleep, and received an AACTA award for best Costume for Girl Asleep.

In 2017, he received the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Costume Design for Mr Burns.



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 Brothers Wreck, In The Club, Terrestrial, Mr Burns, Red Cross Letters, Eh Joefor the Beckett Tryptych, Gorgon, Masquerade,The Kreutzer Sonata, Maggie Stone and Little Bird, Slingsby Theatre Company’s Songs for Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas, Emil and the Detectives, The Mouse, The Bird and the Sausage, Theatre Republic’s Lines, Is This Yours’ Angelique, Brink Productions’ Long Tan, Tiny Bricks’ Deluge plus many more. Chris also worked on If There was a Colour Darker than Black, I’d Wear It, a multimedia performance project for Country Arts SA. Chris has been the lighting designer for Windmill Theatre Co’s Beep, Grug and the Rainbow, 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, Beep and Hiccup (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

Remount Director

Ellen Steele is a theatre maker and performer based in Adelaide, South Australia. She is a founding member of isthisyours?, an all-female collective committed to creating new and unconventional performance. Since their inception in 2007, isthisyours? have created five original full scale works, toured nationally and won multiple awards. Their latest production was a world-first reworking of David Williamson’s The Club (An All-Female, 3 Actor Version) as part of State Theatre Company SA’s 2019 season.

Ellen has toured extensively throughout Australia, Asia and North America with companies including Windmill, State Theatre Company SA, Vitalstatistix, Slingsby, Belvoir, The Border Project, Aphids and Patch. As an independent maker Ellen has developed work with TerryandTheCuz, Spilt Second and Zoe Meagher for Next Wave Festival, Misery Children and Sanctum Theatre.

Ellen is a current recipient of an Arts SA Fellowship undergoing research and development in Beijing and Adelaide for a new cross-cultural work, The Friendly Games.


Annabel Matheson


Annabel is an actor and theatremaker based in Adelaide. A graduate of Flinders Drama Centre, she has worked with State Theatre Company South Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, Foul Play, Windmill Theatre Company, Tiny Bricks, Theatre Republic and isthisyours? among others.

She is the co-founder of Ladylike Theatre Collective. In 2021 she made her directorial debut with Ladylike’s world premiere production of How to Kill Your Hamster.

Tim Overton


Tim is a proud South Australian theatre maker, performer and director.

Tim has performed in theatres locally, regionally, nationally and across the world, including China, India, Ireland, USA and UK, for companies including State Theatre Company of South Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Vitalstatistix, Slingsby, Patch, August & September, and of course, Windmill.

His theatre credits include Summer of the Seventeenth DollThe 39 Steps, (STCSA), The Popular Mechanicals (STCSA/STC), Dance Nation (STCSA/Belvoir), The Young KingEmil and the Detectives (Slingsby), Beep (Windmill), Me And My ShadowEmily Loves To BounceCranky Bear (Patch), Still Point Of A Turning World (August & September).

Tim has been a member of Adelaide independent theatre initiative RUMPUS since its inception in 2018.

Elizabeth Hay


Elizabeth is a South Australian based performer. She completed her training at the Flinders Drama Centre.

She has worked on Gods of Strangers, Jesikah, Volpone, Red Cross Letters (State Theatre Company South Australia), Emil and the Detectives (Slingsby Theatre Company), Yo Diddle Diddle (Patch Theatre) and Grug and the Rainbow (Windmill Theatre Co). Elizabeth was a deviser and performer in Stories in the Dark, which won the InSpace Development Award at the 2017 Adelaide Fringe. She has been involved with many local independent theatre companies, including ActNow Theatre as a performer and board member. Elizabeth joined the main cast of Danger 5 for the series return on SBS, and has appeared in other locally made television productions and commercials.

She has been a proud member of MEAA since graduating, and was recently made president of the South Australian Branch of Equity.


  • Director Sam Haren
  • Designer Jonathon Oxlade
  • Composer DJ TR!P
  • Lighting Designer Chris Petridis
  • Puppet Maker Tamara Rewse
  • Remount Director Ellen Steele
  • Performer Annabel Matheson
  • Performer Tim Overton
  • Performer Elizabeth Hay

COVID Update

The safety of our audiences, artists, crew and staff continues to remain our upmost priority. Windmill is guided by the protocols of the venues in which we perform, as well as the most up to date health advice from SA Health and the Government of South Australia.

From 29 December 2021, Adelaide Festival Centre is mandating vaccination as part of its COVID Safe measures. All persons aged 16 and over will need to show their COVID-19 digital or printed certificate or have a valid medical exemption to gain entry to Adelaide Festival Centre venues.

Children aged under 16 are exempt from this mandate and may attend shows given they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

Patrons with tickets to a Windmill performance purchased before 1 December 2021 who would prefer not to provide their vaccine status, or a medical exemption will be entitled to a full refund. Please get in touch with Ticketek to arrange.

For more information about Adelaide Festival Centre’s COVID-19 safety measures and FAQs click here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team on (08) 8210 7200.

Highlights from the Show


"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

"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 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
6. Grug & the Rainbow. Photo Shane Reid. L-R Nathan O'Keefe, Ellen Steele9. Grug & the Rainbow. Photo Shane Reid. L-R Jude Henshall1. Grug & the Rainbow. Photo Shane Reid. L-R Jude Henshall, Nathan O'Keefe10. Grug & the Rainbow. Photo Shane Reid. L-R Ellen Steele, Nathan O'Keefe11. Grug & the Rainbow. Photo Shane Reid. L-R Ellen Steele, Jude Henshall, Nathan O'Keefe2. Grug & the Rainbow. Photo Shane Reid. L-R Jude Henshall3. Grug & the Rainbow. Photo Shane Reid. L-R Nathan O'Keefe, Jude Henshall, Ellen Steele4. Grug & the Rainbow. Photo Shane Reid. L-R Ellen Stelle, Jude Henshall, Nathan O'Keefe5. 1. Grug & the Rainbow. Photo Shane Reid. L-R Jude Henshall7. Grug & the Rainbow. Photo Shane Reid. L-R Ellen Steele, Nathan O'Keefe8. Grug & the Rainbow. Photo Shane Reid. L-R Ellen Steele, Nathan O'Keefe


Grug and the Rainbow is a Windmill Theatre Company production.


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