Grug

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

About

  • AGES 1 5
  • 35mins

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 is brought to life for this magical stage production for our very young theatre lovers.

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.

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. He was a member of the State Theatre Company South Australia (STCSA) Actors Ensemble for 2017 and 2018.

Nathan most recently finished his debut performance in Queensland Theatre Company’s production of Hydra. Other recent theatre credits include the title role in Macbeth, Sense & Sensibility, In The Club, A Doll’s House (STCSA Ensemble), Tartuffe (STCSA/Brink), Things I Know To Be True, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hedda Gabler (STCSA), Masquerade (STCSA/Griffin), Betrayal (STCSA/MTC) and the title role of Pinocchio (Windmill Theatre Co/STCSA) in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and at The New Victory Theater on Broadway, New York. He has also worked on Plop!, Grug, Grug & The Rainbow and Beep for Windmill. 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.

 

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
1. L-R Nathan O'Keefe, Lucas Stibbard and Grug. Windmill Theatre. Photo Tony Lewis12. L-R  Lucas Stibbard, Grug, Nathan O'Keefe, Jude Henshall. Windmill Theatre. Photo Tony Lewis2. L-R N O'Keefe, L Stibbard, Grug, Cara and J Henshall. Windmill Theatre. Photo T Lewis3. Lucas Stibbard and Grug. Windmill Theatre. Photo Tony Lewis5. L-R Jude Henshall, Lucas Stibbard and Grug. Windmill Theatre. Photo Tony Lewis6. L-R Jude Henshall, Lucas Stibbard and Grug. Windmill Theatre. Photo Tony Lewis

Credits

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

Acknowledgements

Grug is a Windmill Theatre Company production, originally produced in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival.

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