What happens when an imaginary monster comes to life? The kids of Eurobodalla can see for themselves when the stage adaptation of The Gruffalo plays at Bay Pavilions’ Yuin Theatre in October.
Eurobodalla Council’s children’s services facilitator Jenny Hogg said it was rare to see a production of this quality in our region.
“The Gruffalo had sell-out seasons on Broadway and the West End: reading the book is a great experience but watching it brough to life in front of you is something else,” Ms Hogg said.
Loved worldwide, The Gruffalo is the story of a mouse armed only with her vivid imagination as she travels through the forest, meeting various villains along the way. She scares off the fox, owl and snake – who would eat her – with stories of an imaginary monster friend. Until that monster comes to life.
Ms Hogg said it was a great story with a beautiful message.
“You might be little but you can still be brave,” she said.
“This is the kind of story that gives children their voice, using their imagination to turn something scary into something clever.”
Ms Hogg said the show by CDP Theatre Producers was secured thanks to NSW Government Reconnecting Regional NSW - Community Events Program funding. The performances are part of 2022 Children’s Week activities.
“The Gruffalo is also a wonderful way to promote Council’s children’s services to the broader community; we’re all about positive experiences and learning opportunities for children,” she said.
“Personally, I think The Gruffalo embodies that – it’s rhyme, it’s rhythm, it’s colour, it’s fun.”
The Gruffalo plays at Bay Pavilions on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October. Booking essential, visit https://bpav.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/77628.
Above: Eurobodalla Council will bring The Gruffalo to Bay Pavilions’ Yuin Theatre in October as part of 2022 Children’s Week activities. Photo credits: Peter Wallis.