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.

Scroll down for full dates on the South Australian and National tour in 2024. Click the button below for school bookings in South Australia.

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ON IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Millicent Civic & Arts Centre
Millicent, Boandik Country
19 June
10:00am | 12:00pm

ON TOUR

Capital Theatre
Bendigo, Australia
25 June 2024
Horsham Town Hall
Horsham, Australia
28 June 2024
Hamilton Performing Arts Centre
Hamilton, Australia
02 July 2024
The Cube Wodonga
Wodonga, Australia
05 July 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
Ballarat Civic Hall
Ballarat, Australia
19 July 2024
Forge Theatre and Arts Hub
Bairnsdale, Australia
23 July 2024
Canberra Theatre Centre
Canberra, Australia
25 - 27 July 2024
Dubbo Regional Theatre
Dubbo, Australia
31 July - 01 August 2024
The Art House
Wyong, Australia
05 August 2024
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Wagga Wagga, Australia
08 - 09 August 2024
Glasshouse
Port Macquire, Australia
14 August 2024
Flett Studio, Manning Entertainment Centre
Taree, Australia
17 August 2024
Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct
Kingston, Australia
21 August 2024
Pilbeam Theatre
Rockhampton, Australia
26 August 2024
Murwillumbah Theatre Company
Murwillumbah, Australia
29 August 2024
Princess Theatre
Launceston, Australia
03 September 2024
Theatre Royal
Hobart, Australia
05 - 06 September 2024
Arts Centre Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia
11 - 16 September 2024

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
Week 5
28 May
10:00am | 12:00pm
Arts Centre Port Noarlunga
Port Noarlunga, Australia
Term 2, 2024
Week5
30 May
10:00am | 12:00pm
Northern Festival Centre
Port Pirie, Australia
Term 2, 2024
Week 6
05 June
10:00am | 12:00pm
Lea Memorial Theatre
Port Augusta, Australia
Term 2, 2024
Week 6
07 June
10:00am | 12:00pm
Middleback Arts Centre
Whyalla, Australia
Term 2, 2024
Week 7
11 June
10:00am | 12:00pm
Nautilus Arts Centre
Port Lincoln, Australia
Term 2, 2024
Week 7
14 June
10:00am | 12:00pm
Millicent Civic & Arts Centre
Millicent, Australia
Term 2, 2024
Week 8
19 June
10:00am | 12:00pm
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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.

Matt Crook

Matt is a Flinders Drama Centre graduate, ensemble member of award-winning independent theatre company five.point.one and a Critics’ Circle emerging artist of the year recipient. Matt has appeared in many productions for Windmill Theatre Co.

Rumpelstiltskin (co-produced with State Theatre Company South Australia [STCSA]), toured Grug through China and North America, including a one-month New York season in 2013, 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 (STCSA), The Front (Adelaide Cabaret Festival), Once Upon a Midnight (OzAsia Festival), The Bureau of Complaints (AJZ Productions), No Hello (Duende), Van Badham’s Notoriously Yours, The Lake, The Share and That Face (five.point.one).

Most recently, Matt starred in Australian film Top End Wedding. 

Dylan Miller

Cast

A graduate of Adelaide College of the Arts, Dylan has worked with State Theatre Company South Australia, Windmill Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company. In 2019 he toured internationally with The Secret River.

Kat Adams

Cast

Kathryn is a 2018 Flinders Drama Centre Graduate, and has developed a mutli-modal approach to devising and a passion for using her position in the arts community as well as her work as an artist to create an open conversation about mental health.

Kathryn has been a key devising collaborator and dancer in Restless Dance Theatre’s shows Intimate Space (Adelaide Festival & Bleach* Festival), Creating the Spectacle (Adelaide Film Festival), Seeing Through Darkness (AGSA), Ecoute Poir Voir (Dream Big) and Guttered (Adelaide Festival).

Kathryn has also worked extensively as a puppeteer with Erth Visual & Physical Inc in Dino Park (Erth, Melbourne Zoo) Erth’s Dinosour Zoo (Erth, Sydney Opera House and Adelaide Fringe RCC). Her other theatre credits include Dido and Aeneas (State Opera of South Australia, Nicholas Cannon), Foolz: The Imperturbable Logic of the Fool, (Zabou Breitman, Flinders University), The Wolves (RUMPUS, Elizabeth Hay), As One (Tiny Bricks, Nescha Jelk), Book Show (Splash Theatre Company), Forgiveness (RUMPUS, Anthony Nicola) and Antigone (State Theatre Company of South Australia). Kathryn has also worked as movement coordinator for Strata/Forgiveness (RUMPUS 2021), as an Associate Director on Hamlet In The Other Room (RUMPUS, Zola Allen) and has led workshops in physical devising workshops to students and disabled people.

Ellen Steele

Cast

Ellen Steele is a theatre maker, performer and director based in Adelaide. 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.

Ellen has toured extensively throughout Australia, Asia and North  America with companies including Windmill Theatre Company (Girl  Asleep, Big Bad Wolf, Grug, Beep, Grug and the Rainbow, Hiccup!), State Theatre Company of South Australia (David Williamson’s The Club (An  All-Female, Three Actor Version), After Dinner, Between Two Waves, Holding the Man, Maestro), Vitalstatistix (Love, Ruby Bruise), Slingsby (Wolf), Belvoir (Girl Asleep), The Border Project (I, Animal, I Am Not An Animal), and Patch (Mister McGee and the Biting Flea, Lighthouse, Me and My Shadow).

As an independent maker Ellen has developed work with Aphids, Terry and The Cuz, Spilt Second and Zoe Meagher for Next Wave Festival, Misery Children and Sanctum Theatre.

In 2019 – 2020, Ellen was recipient of an Arts SA Fellowship, understaking research into cross-cultural theatre making practices in Beijing and Adelaide alongside the development of a new cross-cultural work, The Friendly Games.

Ellen’s latest work See You at the Dance is currently in development and supported by Brink Productions.

 

Antoine Jelk

Cast

Since his graduation from Flinders Drama Centre in 2014, Antoine has had the privilege of working with companies from all tiers of the Adelaide Theatre industry.

His credits include Tartuffe and Long Tan by State Theatre Company and Brink Productions, Deluge the premiere work by Tiny Bricks for the Adelaide Festival, Schmidt by Back Porch Productions, Eurydice by Foul Play Theatre, Eyes by Sandpit , Beep by Windmill Theatre Co, and Yo Diddle Diddle by Patch. Antoine most recently performed in A View From The Bridge with State Theatre Company SA and looks forward to touring with Beep again next year in Canada and the US.

Ashton Malcolm

Cast

Ashton is a theatre-maker based in Adelaide. She graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre in 2009, with First Class Honours, the Malcolm Fox Drama Prize and a University Medal.

She has since worked as a performer and devisor on film and theatre. She has worked with both independent and established companies. She has also studied intensively with Shakespeare and Company in the USA. Her credits include Vitalstatistix Theatre Company: Cutaway: A Ceremony (2013), Future Present (2014), MC for Adhocracy (2015); Vitalstatistix and HotHouse Theatre: Quiet Faith (2014/2015); STCSA: Othello (2014), Tiny Bricks and Brink Productions: Deluge (Adelaide Festival, 2016), Windmill Theatre Company: Grug and the Rainbow (2016). She can also be seen in Gravity Films and Epic Films’ Goober, to premiere on abc iview in 2016.

Juanita Navas-Nguyen

Cast

Juanita is a passionate actor and creative who graduated from Adelaide College of the Arts in 2020 with an Advanced Diploma of Acting. Making her main stage debut with the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Juanita appeared in Eureka Day (2021). Soon after she was in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (STCSA/Queensland Theatre, 2022) before starring as Zoe in STCSA’s production of Single Asian Female (2022). Other productions she has been a part of include the national tour of Bluey’s Big Play (HVK Productions, 2021), New World Coming (CRAM Collective, 2021), and Theatre Republic’s incubator project Future:Present (2023).

Having Vietnamese and Colombian heritage, Juanita has a keen interest in creating new, inclusive work that is representative of the diverse world we live in.

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
  • Remount Director and Cast Matt Crook
  • Cast Dylan Miller
  • Cast Kat Adams
  • Cast Ellen Steele
  • Cast Antoine Jelk
  • Cast Ashton Malcolm
  • Cast Juanita Navas-Nguyen

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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