CDP Theatre Producers, The Gruffalo's Child


CDP presents Tall Stories' production of


based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler


The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should
Ever set foot in the deep dark wood…

If you loved The Gruffalo, don't miss the sequel, which returns following previous sellout Australian tours – now in a new West End production! Join the Gruffalo's Child on her adventurous mission in this magical musical adaptation of the much-loved picture book.

One wild and windy night the Gruffalo's Child ignores her father's warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark wood. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist... does he?

The team behind The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and The 13-, 26-, 52-, 78 and 91-Storey Treehouses return with The Gruffalo's Child, bringing together physical theatre, music and puppetry to deliver songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up, and their adults…

Age recommendation: 3+ and their adults
Duration: Approximately 55mins, no interval

This dramatisation of THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD is based on the picture book THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD © illustrations 2004 Axel Scheffler and © text 2004 Julia Donaldson published by Macmillan Children's Books


Autumn 2024 Australian Tour

Isabella Forte

ISABELLA FORTE - The Gruffalo's Child

Isabella is a Sydney-based singer/actor/dancer who is always willing to work hard, striving to improve all the three aspects of her craft. Her career goals are to establish herself in the Australian music theatre industry on an equal level as within the film and television industry.

Isabella’s love for performing stems from a curiosity and discovery of creating, portraying and delivering fantastically extraordinary, socially-aware, universal stories lifted from the people that she meets locally and from all over the world.

Alec Steedman

ALEC STEEDMAN - The Gruffalo/Predators

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Musical Theatre program, Alec is a multidisciplinary artist working as an actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, musical director and composer. Some performing credits include Once (Darlinghurst Theatre Co. & Black Swan), Twelfth Night (Melbourne Theatre Company), Hamlet and Measure for Measure (Pop Up Globe), and Garfield the Musical (Stage Art).

As a musician, Alec has musically directed and composed for productions of As You Like It (Sport for Jove), Much Ado About Nothing (Artefact Theatre Company), Twelfth Night (Melbourne Shakespeare Company), One Hour No Oil (Kings Cross Theatre), Isn’t It Queer (Little Triangle) and recently made their first foray in the orchestra pit in Young Frankenstein (Hayes Theatre Co.) In their spare time, Alec is working on composing their first musical.

Later this year Alec will be working with Hayes Theatre Co on their production of A Little Night Music, as Associate Musical Director.

Jessie Lancaster


Born and raised in Newcastle, Jessie received a Bachelor of Arts (Acting) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Notable roles at WAAPA included Gwendolen Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest, Jaques in As You Like It and Elizabeth in Holy Day. Following this, she performed and showcased in LA.

Jessie's professional debut was with the theatre company Poetry In Action, where she performed in a Principal role for their 2020-2021 national tour.

Jessie has been heavily involved in the Sydney independent film and theatre community. Her most recent role was Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor at The New Theatre.

The Gruffalo's Child is Jessie's CDP Theatre Producers debut, and she is so excited to be playing the role of Mouse!


Director: Olivia Jacobs
Creative Producer: Toby Mitchell
Associate Director (Australia/ New Zealand): Liesel Badorrek
Designer: Isla Shaw
Lighting Designer: James Whiteside
Puppet Designer: Yvonne Stone
Choreographer: Morag Cross
Associate Choreographer: Luanna Priestman
Music and Lyrics: Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw
Additional Lyrics: Olivia Jacobs and Robin Price
Music Production: Jon Fiber and Andy Shaw for Jollygoodtunes


Company Stage Manager: Mitch Cooley
Deputy Stage Manager: Alexandria Vidler


We believe in making our shows accessible for children with additional sensory and learning needs.

A visual story is available for The Gruffalo's Child to help you prepare for your visit to the theatre.


Accessible performances may be available at some venues. Please check with your local venue for details.

For additional online resources to extend the theatre experience, visit CDP Digital.

Teachers and registered homeschoolers can also access education activities and resources at CDP Education.






26 – 28 March 2024 *
Riverside Parramatta
Bookings: or Phone (02) 8839 3399

* 27 March 12:30pm
Auslan Interpreted Auslan Interpreted Performance
Audio Described Audio Described Performance
Relaxed Relaxed Performance


19 – 21 April 2024
Seymour Centre
Bookings: or Phone (02) 7255 1561



31 March – 4 April 2024
Athenaeum Theatre
Bookings: or Phone (03) 9650 1500



10 – 14 April 2024
State Theatre Centre of WA
Bookings: or Phone (08) 6212 9292