Review: Grug Live on stage

Based on the much-loved picture book character created by Ted Prior, much-loved Aussie icon, Grug, is brought to life in a magical stage production from Windmill that is perfect for our youngest theatre lovers. We went to the premiere and this is what we thought!

Grug Live – Out of the Burrawang Tree and into our hearts

Based on the much-loved picture book character created by Ted Prior, Aussie icon, Grug, is brought to life in this magical stage production from Windmill that is perfect for our youngest theatre lovers and, to be honest, just as good for their parents!

Clever and delightful

Combining puppetry and storytelling in the most magical of ways, with an integrated set design that opens out like a Swiss army knife full of surprises (complete with fishing hole!), Grug’s grassy-knoll is brought to life with secret doors and unexpected openings into his world that are as clever as they are delightful.

grug live

Passionate, expressive and energetic

The award winning hour-long performance, which celebrates the tenth anniversary of Grug, keeps even its littlest audience members captivated, with puppeteers Matt Crook, Zoë Dunwoodie and Tim Overton passionate, expressive and energetic from go to whoa.

It truly is an art form to witness a puppeteer visible on stage but simultaneously so much part of the of performance that the puppets manage to take on a life of their own, somehow separate from everything and everyone; an art form that is truly mastered in Grug Live.

Grug live on stage
grug on stage

What is ostensibly a show centred around bringing the world of Grug, and the celebration of his birthday, to life, is very much a fun-fun filled adventure about friendship, offering loads of laughs along the way, as well as music, dance and plenty of chances for kiddos to feel a part of the show.

If smiles are a measure of success, then Grug Live has definitely made it big (and little!).

Suitable for ages 2 and above, Grug is playing at the Dunstan Playhouse until October 18.

windmill.org.com.au

8 – 16th October
Adelaide Festival Centre

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