Print Page

Gran’s Bag


Raffertys Theatre


11 October 2018

Event Type

Live Event

Riverside in association with Smallshows present
By Greg Lissaman
Songs by Chrissie Shaw

When Gran comes to visit, she brings her beautiful big red bag. It is a treasure trove of secrets and small delights. All sorts of surprises emerge, and lots of great stories. The best story of all is how Gran found her magic carpet bag – or did her bag find her?

Jam-packed full of puppets, bags large and small, songs and stories Gran’s Bag is a funny and heart-warming show that will delight the young and the young at heart.

“Gran’s Bag was a magical carpet ride into a child’s imagination and an adult’s memorable journey into the delightful world of storytelling. Gran’s Bag’s simplicity was appealing, its design bewitching and its performance endearing.” – Lowdown

Suitable for: Ages 3 – 10 and their families

Dates & Times:
Thursday 11 October at 10am, 12pm & 2:15pm (Relaxed Performance)


The performance of Gran’s Bag on Thursday 11 October at 2:15pm will be a Relaxed Performance.

This is a sensory friendly performance where the perceived ‘rules’ of theatre will be modified to allow patrons with Autism and other specific needs to enjoy the performance in a welcoming environment. For more information about Relaxed Performances please click here to visit our Accessibility page.

Download the social story here: Gran’s Bag Social Story

Chrissie’s performance career started in Sydney in the 1960s, and she later toured around Australia with ‘Pipi Storm Theatre in Education Company’, and independent shows The Dresses and The Not Too Late Show in the 80s.

After moving to Canberra, she worked for numerous companies including Women on a Shoestring, Jigsaw Theatre, The Street Theatre. Chrissie has produced her many of her own shows  inclkuding About Face, Footprints On The Wind, A Sweeter Fern – That’s Red!, Drumming On Water, The Keeper, Flotsam And Jetsam, Gran’s Bag, and Bijou.

Her production Lawrie And Shirley (The Street Theatre, 2011) won awards, while Pearl Verses The World (Jigsaw, 2011), Rolling Home (Greg Lissaman) visited Riverside Theatres in 2012. Chrissie was awarded the ACT Critics’ Circle Awards in 2007 and 2012. In addition to that, she received the Green Room and Critics Circle Awards 2013 for Bijou. Chrissie is a proud member of Actors Equity.

Spot On Children's Festival, 9 - 13 October 2018

To keep up to date and coordinate your play date, don’t forget to like and share our Spot On Children’s Festival Facebook event page!

Visit Facebook Event

Ticket Options

Members All Tickets $16
All Tickets $18
Family of 4 $60
Transaction fees apply
Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60

Available Dates

October 2018
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31
Show dates


Approximately 50 minutes (Including Q&A)

Getting Here

Riverside Membership

30 Club

Dining at Novotel

Local Dining

Explore more Riverside shows

Maya the Bee: The Honey Games

When an overenthusiastic Maya accidentally embarrasses the Empress of Buzztropolis, she is forced to unite with a team of misfit bugs and compete in the Honey Games for a chance to save her hive.

I Am A Girl

Award-winning Australian director Rebecca Barry’s critically acclaimed, inspirational documentary takes you on a journey through diverse cultures and societies.

The King and I:
From the London Palladium

The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I comes to Riverside's big screen in this unmissable event recorded live from London’s iconic Palladium.