May Gibbs’ classic Australian tale of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie will be brought to life on Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse stage from 17 – 25 September as part of a national tour. The colourful and action-packed stage adaptation is perfect for children aged 5 – 10 years and their families.
This year is the 100th anniversary of Gibbs’ first book Gumnut Babies, published in 1916, which started her series of imaginative bush fairy tales. But it was Snugglepot and Cuddlepie which became the book she is best remembered for. The story and characters reflected her deep love and understanding of the Australian bush that has inspired a passion for Australian flora and fauna among her readers. The book has never been out of print since its first publication in 1918, selling around 20,000 copies a year, and has made a lasting contribution to Australian folklore.
In the new play for families, the loveable gumnuts are on a mission to see a human – but only from afar. On their journey to the big city they meet friends and foes including Professor Kookaburra, Mrs Fantail, Mr Lizard, Mr Frog, Mrs Snake, Mr Possum and, of course, Little Ragged Blossom. Can Snugglepot lead the way? Can Cuddlepie hold his nerve? Can they avoid falling victim to the Big Bad Banksia Man? These much-loved characters come to life on stage in a funny and charming production that will introduce a new generation of children to Gibbs’ magical world.
Adapted by Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry, the show features colourful costumes designed by Matthew Aberline.
Arts Centre Melbourne and Bank of Melbourne present a CDP Production
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie
Saturday 17 – Sunday 25 September
AUSLAN interpreted performance: Saturday 24 September – 12pm