Grug

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

About

  • AGES 2 6
  • 35mins

Once the top of a Burrawang tree fell to the ground. Then the grassy top began to change. It became Grug!

Stunning design and beautiful live puppetry combine to bring Ted Prior’s iconic picture book character to the stage in a smash-hit production that sees audiences join Grug on some of his most exciting adventures. 

Suitable for the youngest theatregoers, Windmill’s award-winning production is beloved by generations of audiences the world over.

The 2024 regional tour of Grug is supported by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, through Arts South Australia.

2024 National Tour Dates on sale soon!

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ON IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Murray Bridge Town Hall
Murray Bridge, Ngarrindjeri Country
28 May
10:00am | 12:00pm
Arts Centre Port Noarlunga
Port Noarlunga, Kaurna Country
30 May
10:00am | 12:00pm
Centenary Hall
Goolwa, Ngarrindjeri Country
01 June
10:00am
Northern Festival Centre
Port Pirie, Nukunu Country
05 June
10:00am | 12:00pm
Lea Memorial Theatre
Port Augusta, Barngarla Country
07 June
10:00am | 12:00pm
Middleback Arts Centre
Whyalla, Barngarla Country
11 June
10:00am | 12:00pm
Nautilus Arts Centre
Port Lincoln
14 June
10:00am | 12:00pm
Millicent Civic & Arts Centre
Millicent
19 June
10:00am | 12:00pm

ON TOUR

Capital Theatre
Bendigo, Australia
25 June 2024
Bunjil Theatre
Victoria, Australia
09 - 10 July 2024
Cowes Cultural Centre, Bass Coast Shire
Cowes, Australia
12 July 2024
West Gippsland Arts Centre
Warragul, Australia
16 July 2024
Canberra Theatre Centre
Canberra, Australia
26 July 2024
Dubbo Regional Theatre
Dubbo, Australia
31 July - 01 August 2024
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Wagga Wagga, Australia
08 - 09 August 2024
Glasshouse
Port Macquire, Australia
14 August 2024
Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct
Kingston, Australia
21 August 2024
Pilbeam Theatre
Rockhampton, Australia
26 August 2024
Princess Theatre
Launceston, Australia
03 September 2024
Theatre Royal
Hobart, Australia
05 - 06 September 2024
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Meet the Cast and 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 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

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.

Tamara Rewse

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.

School Program

  • AGES 2 - 7
  • YEAR ELC - Year 2
  • 35mins
  • $15 per student
    $12 per student (equity)
Murray Bridge Town Hall
Murray Bridge, Australia
Term 2, 2024
5
28 May
10:00am | 12:00pm
Strathalbyn Town Hall
Strathalbyn, Australia
Term 2, 2024
5
30 May
10:00am | 12:00pm
Northern Festival Centre
Port Pirie, Australia
Term 2, 2024
6
05 June
10:00am | 12:00pm
Lea Memorial Theatre
Port Augusta, Australia
Term 2, 2024
6
07 June
10:00am | 12:00pm
Middleback Arts Centre
Whyalla, Australia
Term 2, 2024
7
11 June
10:00am | 12:00pm
Nautilus Arts Centre
Port Lincoln, Australia
Term 2, 2024
7
14 June
10:00am | 12:00pm
Millicent Civic & Arts Centre
Millicent, Australia
Term 2, 2024
8
19 June
10:00am | 12:00pm

Highlights from the Show

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
  • Puppet-maker and Consultant Tamara Rewse

Acknowledgements

Grug is a Windmill Theatre Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival Co-production.

The 2024 regional tour of Grug is supported by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, through Arts South Australia.

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