Presented by Soap Soup Theatre and Tessa Bide Productions

Inspired by the touching children’s story ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde, Bristol's two leading family theatre experts are combining forces to explore an unusual friendship, and how even the grumpiest giant’s heart can melt when Spring finally comes.

Grinter is a giant. She lives happily alone in her huge cold house, surrounded by her huge snowy gardens, enclosed by her high, frost-covered walls. She shuts out the world, because long ago, the world shut her out, and so she hides, safe and quiet in her peaceful, icy home. Outside the towering walls of her enormous garden, the world has been changing and there is very little green left.

One day, the children – tired of playing on hard roads and grey rooftops – find a chink in the giant’s wall and climb through, changing the course of the children’s and Grinter’s lives forever. Powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, beautiful design, enchanting music and a sprinkling of magic sums up this very special show.

Children must have a valid ticket and be accompanied by an adult at all times. Children under/over the recommended age may be admitted but will still require a child’s ticket. Baby on lap tickets (£1) are available on selected shows for 0-18months.  Age ranges are provided as a guide and we ask you to consider whether a show is suitable for your child. For further information please contact our Ticket & Information Team on 01227 769075 who will be happy to help.

The Gulbenkian reviews

“An engrossing show that is full of compassion and makes siblings of us all”

The Guardian

Kaleidoscope

We are postponing this event due to essential maintenance work in the Gulbenkian theatre auditorium, apologies for any inconvenience. We hope to announce the new date shortly. If you have purchased a ticket, a member of the team will be in touch. Alternatively please contact our ticket office directly on 01227 769075.

The Selfish Giant

20 Apr 2019

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