Grug and the Rainbow

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Riverside Theatres presents
A Windmill Theatre Co Production

Grug and the Rainbow

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 26 September - 27 September 2017
Category Live Event

More stories based on the much-loved picture book character created by Ted Prior

Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawang tree that fell to the ground. Fascinated by the world around him Grug embarks on an epic journey to reach the rainbow that always seems just beyond his grasp. But Grug is full of determination and his adventures are always full of surprises.

Featuring exquisite puppetry and more of the gentle storytelling that has delighted audiences around the world, this brand new show has been especially created for the littlest theatregoers (and those who just love Grug).

Tickets include a post-show photo opportunity with Grug!

Suitable for: Ages 1 – 5

*Relaxed Performance on Wednesday 27 September 10am
Please see the ‘Accessibility’ tab to find out more about relaxed performances

Dates & Times:
Tuesday 26 September at 10am & 12pm
Wednesday 27 September at 10am& 12pm

Official Grug merchandise will be available to purchase in our Foyer after the show. Check out some pictures of the merchandise, below and download the price list here: Grug Merchandise Price List

Special Offer: Bag and Book Package Deal $25 (3 Grug paperback books of your choice, Windmill canvas bag and commemorative Grug poster)

Grug paperback books

Windmill Canvas Bag

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Specific Access


Relaxed performances are sensory friendly performances where the perceived ‘rules’ of theatre are modified to allow patrons with Autism and other specific needs to enjoy the performance in a safe and welcoming environment.

Modifications will differ depending on the show, but can include:

  • The house lights being dimmed, but not turned all the way down;
  • The theatre doors being left open with the understanding that patrons may enter and exit during the performance as needed;
  • Elements of the show that may include loud noises or sudden bright lights being toned down or removed.

The performance of Grug and the Rainbow on Wednesday 27 September at 10am is a relaxed performance.

Access Points

Access points are indicators that let you know aspects of a production or event that may provide groups with a higher level of engagement related to their needs. There are 5 access points relating to aspects of the storytelling of the production that may assist access. The access points for Descendants of the Dragon are:

Interactive Performance (IP) – This production provides a high level of audience interaction, creating a less formal environment and also requiring less ‘passive’ attention by audience members.

Language: Easy (LE) – The text or dialogue used in this production is limited or simple.

Visual Cues (VC) – This production has strong visual cues giving patrons a different reference point for comprehension of the narrative or subject matter other than just language.


Grug and the Rainbow will be in Lennox Theatre.

Social Story

Social stories introduce children to what they can expect when they arrive at the theatre, helping to alleviate anxiety.

Download a social story about Lennox Theatre here: Lennox Social Story

Download a social story about Grug and the Rainbow here: Grug and the Rainbow Social Story

Autism Spectrum Guide

Autism Spectrum guides assist parents/ guardians in deciding if a show is suitable for their child.

Download an Autism Spectrum guide about Riverside Theatres, including Lennox here: Riverside Theatres Autism Spectrum Venue Guide

Other Access

Riverside is committed to making theatre accessible for all people. We are happy to be able to offer the following services to assist patrons:

• Wheelchairs – Level access from the streets lead to our foyer and continues into all venues. Space for wheelchairs is available in all venue, but must be booked through Box Office in advance.

• Courtesy Wheelchairs – A limited number of courtesy wheelchairs (standard manual wheelchairs) are available for loan if required.

• Accessible Toilets

• Disability Parking – Paid parking is available at the venue for patrons with a current disability parking permit. Please note, there is a $5 fee for parking and pre-booking through Box Office is essential as spaces are limited.

• Guide Dogs or animals trained to assist people with disabilities are welcome. Please notify Box Office if you will be attending Riverside with a Guide Dog or trained working animal.

• Hearing System – Our theatres are equipped with a hearing augmentation system that can be accessed through modern hearing aids. Headsets and receivers are also available for patrons who do not have hearing aids or whose hearing aids do not work with our system. Please notify Box Office if you require a headset.

• National Relay Service – Users who are deaf or who have a hearing impairment can call (at no cost) through the National Relay Service TTY users phone 13 36 77, then ask for 8839 3399. Speak and Listen (speech-to-speech relay) users phone 1300 555 727, then ask for 8839 3399. Internet relay users connect NRS ( and then ask for 8839 3399.

• NSW Companion Card – Recognised for all performances held at Riverside Theatres.

Suitable for Preschool and Vacation Care Groups

Curriculum Links:
EYLF: Outcome 5: Children and Effective Communication supports engaging with live theatre. Australian Curriculum: The Arts (Drama)

About the Venue – Lennox Theatre:
Seats 213 people and is a large room with quite a high ceiling and with grey concrete walls, black floor and curtains. The seating is tiered and goes 10 rows back, with stair access to all but the first row (wheelchair access being available in the first row). The black allows different sets to become the focus of the space.

$16 per student & additional teachers

Study Guide:
Download the Grug and the Rainbow study guide here 


We do our best to accommodate everyone, but shows fill fast. Additional performances are not always possible.


All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online.


Complete online (preferred), fax, email or post your booking form to Riverside Education
Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and email:
Mail: Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta, NSW, 2124.

N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then issue a tax invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form as this is our main method of communication.


Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a non-refundable 25% deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise stipulated). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure and Riverside will issue an invoice for full payment.


Full payment is required 4 weeks prior to the performance date. A reduction of numbers is not permitted after this date. If we do not receive payment at this point we have the right to cancel your booking and you will forfeit your deposit. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day but is subject to availability.

Please note, all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings.


Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to running times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process.


If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please email or call 02 8839 3308.

About Windmill Theatre Company

Windmill Theatre Company creates and presents incredible performances that captivate their audience’s imaginations and resonate deeply. The company’s artistic vision has created a unique and distinctive house style of theatre that makes true adventure and create ingenuity synonymous with the Windmill name.

Cast and Creatives

Sam Haren

Jonathan Oxlade


Grug, Cara and Snoot Puppet Construction:
Tamara Rewse

Set Construction:
Glen Finch Glenco
Robert Forrest

Technical Designer:
Chris Petridis

Recorded Vocals:
Lucas Stibbard

Photos by:

Shane Reid


“Jonathon Oxlade’s cleverly designed set is delightful…This production is far more than your average children’s show…Grug and the Rainbow is amongst the best children’s theatre you will find; don’t miss this gorgeous show.” – The Barefoot Review

“Windmill Theatre staff are experts at involving the children from the moment they arrive…Animated and exciting… through a mixture of story telling and puppetry…There are few things in life as delightful as hearing dozens of children chuckling, gasping and squealing with delight…Seamlessly packed into 40 minutes of animated entertainment…So much thought put into creating a positive theatre experience for a targeted age group.” – Glam Adelaide

“Windmill Theatre’s Grug enjoys a colourful re-birth…Another exquisitely simple set from Jonathon Oxlade, and the lightest touch from director Sam Haren, and the winning performances of three of our most popular children’s theatre actors, make Grug and the Rainbow a welcome addition to their repertoire.” – The Advertiser

“Director Sam Haren has harnessed every element – Jonathan Oxlade’s design magic, DJ TR!P’s funky composition, accessible storytelling and the puppetry itself – into a seamless whole, all performed in a tight 35 minutes: an ideal length for young attention spans.” – Sydney Morning Herald


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Ticket Prices

Members $23
Single Tickets $26
Family of 4 $88
Schools/Vacation Care Students/Teachers $16

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00