Whether their favourite food is roasted fox, owl ice cream, scrambled snake or Gruffalo crumble, audiences eat up this delectable tale about the adventures of a clever little mouse in a forest full of predators. Adapted from the Gold Award-winning children’s book, The Gruffalo follows Mouse into the deep dark wood on a lunchtime hunt for hazelnuts.
Armed with just a nut map and a very vivid imagination, Mouse runs into the smirking, wheeler-dealer Fox; an eccentric, retired Woodland Air Force General Owl; and the maraca-shaking, party animal Snake.
Rather than becoming the main course of their next meal, Mouse kills their appetites with stories of an imaginary monster friend. Little does this clever critter know but Mouse will have to escape the jaws of this faux protector as well.
In a production that has become the toast of London’s West End, Tall Stories vibrantly reinvents this delightful tale through its signature style of bold, multifaceted storytelling.
The Australian production has attracted critical acclaim, winning a prestigious 2009 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production for Children, and the Sydney Morning Herald calling it “funny, charming and smart… brings the house down”.
A triumphant trio of performers, Stephen Anderson, Chandel Brandimarti and Graeme McRae, fill the forest with colourful characters and toe tapping, sing-along songs. This monster of a show beautifully captures the magic of Donaldson and Scheffler’s adored “modern classic” (The Observer).
The Gruffalo opens at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre on 11 June before touring nationally. For more information and touring schedule, visit: www.cdp.com.au/gruffalo.html for details.