Technical Direction: Nicci Spalding
Choreography: Cleo Notcutt
Musical Direction: Gareth Walwyn
Design Execution: Illka Louw
Stage Manager: Tanya Brown
“Monstrous Fun!” – Daily Mail UK
“Screeches of joy…” – thecritter.co.za
“A pleasure to behold… an enchanting production” – Theatre Scene Cape Town
Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler in 1999, The Gruffalo is a worldwide phenomenon, having sold more than 13-million copies in 75 editions worldwide. The stage production brings the Gruffalo characters to life, taking you on a wondrous adventure into the deep, dark woods.
Directed by award-winning director Tara Notcutt, the South African version of The Gruffalo features all the characters, songs and storyline from the smash hit West End production, with a uniquely local feel. The show, with an all-Grahamstown cast, premiered at the Cape Town Fringe in September 2016, playing to packed houses and selling out six of its 11 performances.
The ensemble cast comprises Nombasa Ngoqo, Sisonke Yafele, Ayanda Nondlwana and Mandisi Heshu, who will be familiar to Festival regulars through their previous performances in the award-winning Fringe productions, Waterline and Falling off the Horn.
Original UK creative team:
Toby Mitchell – Artistic Director
Olivia Jacobs – Artistic Director
Lucy Wood – Producer
Isla Shaw – Set and Costume Design
Lisa Aitken – Costume Supervisor