A live musical version of The Gruffal0’s Child, the sequel to the award-winning modern classic The Gruffalo, is playing at the National Theatre in St Kilda from Tuesday 14 July to this Sunday 19 July.
The Gruffal0’s Child is a small-scale and clever adaptation of the book. There’s only three actors and a few moveable pieces of scenery but the 55 minute show is packed with many costume changes, some fun songs, audience participation and some quips for the adults.
Note there are a few scarier moments (depending on your child). Baby 2.0 was freaked out by the Gruffalo who appears in the first scene and both kids were scared by the creepy music and Big Bad Mouse puppet. Not enough to run screaming to the door but they were both hiding behind their hands and Baby 2.0 kept saying ‘don’t want the big bad mouse’ for hours afterwards.
The Gruffal0’s Child is recommended for ages 4+ but Baby 2.0 who’s 2.5 year old did ok in terms of the fidgeting and concentration levels. Note that kids over 2 years have to pay for their own seat, even if they crawl into your lap for the whole show.
If you haven’t booked tickets yet there you should still be able to buy online (or at the door if you’re willing to take the risk) as no sessions have sold Pretty much all seats have good views as it’s an intimate space and the seats slope up from the stage.
- You can’t take a pram up to the theatre entrance which is up a flight of stairs. Pram parking is available on the ground floor lobby;
- Suitable for 2.5 years depending on your child;
- All seats have good views;
- free 1 hour parking on Barkly Street or Carlisle Street and paid parking on street and Acland Court. Check out this parking map; and
- plenty of cafes on Barkly and Acland Street for a rest stop and you can even buy a copy of the book from Readings St Kilda.