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An Outdoor Theatrical Experience

In Association with The Eaton Gorge Theatre Company

ADAPTED FROM the book Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie BY MAY GIBBS

by arrangement with The Northcott Society and Cerebral Palsy Alliance

May Gibbs’ quintessentially Australian classics have fascinated and delighted generations of children and families, introducing them to the wonder and magic of the Australian bush. In this new outdoor adaptation, the iconic Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie come to life for contemporary audiences.


The Gumnut Babies are on a mission to see a human – but only from a distance! On their journey to the big city, they meet friends and foes including Mrs. Kookaburra, Mrs. Fantail, Mr. Lizard, Mr. Frog, Mrs. Snake, 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 beloved characters come to life in an outdoor production of this funny and enchanting performance that introduces today’s children to the wonderful world of May Gibbs.


The Cast




Hamish White is an actor from Hobart, Tasmania. He relishes the possibilities of visual storytelling; whether it's using his elastic face on screen, or a fully realised physicality on stage. Hamish graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (BA Acting) in 2019, and in January 2020, was in the Australian Shakespeare Company’s production of Alice in Wonderland, where he played the March Hare, and the Doormouse.



Ragged Blossom

Emily is a Wollongong based actor who found her roots in theatre at the age of 11 when she played the iconic role of Tree in her school production of Lost – a true tale of the Australian Bush. Since then, she has performed in a variety of plays, from classics such as Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to modern pieces including Caleb Lewis’ Clinchfield and Don Nigro’s Mariner. Emily completed her training at the Academy of Film Theatre and Television with an Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media – Acting and has also trained in Directing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She loves storytelling - especially a good story from the Australian Bush and hopes you enjoy Snugglepot and Cuddlepie as much as she has!



Mrs. Kookaburra

Juliet Scrine has over 30 years experience in theatre, television and radio. She has directed many theatre productions throughout the Illawarra such as Shakespeare in the Gardens Merry Wives of Windsor (2013) & The Tempest (2014) and The Government Inspector (Wollongong Workshop Theatre). She has devised and performed issue-based dramas in every Australian capital city and overseas at the International Drama and Education Association conference in Brazil in 2010. Some of her acting credits include Abigail (The Crucible), Bianca (Taming Of The Shrew), and Amanda (The Glass Menagerie). She has also appeared on television in Home and Away and various commercials with WIN TV, i98fm, ABC Radio, and Wave FM. Juliet has taught drama and entertainment workshops at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Wollongong High School Of The Performing Arts, The Illawarra Grammar School, Greenacres, and Headway.

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Flynn Mapplebeck is a performer and writer who graduated with a Bachelor of Performance at the University of Wollongong in 2020. Flynn first started developing his abilities at The Art Umbrella: School of the Performing Arts at the age of 6, and after 10 years, began teaching his craft to primary school children at the same institute.  Since then, he has performed in numerous shows in both Wollongong and The Sutherland Shire, such as Spilling My Heart Out (2018), YOLO (2018) and Extremism (2019) for Studio South, Threatened Panda Fights Back (2018) for Short and Sweet Illawarra, Ruben Guthrie (2019) for Wollongong Workshop Theatre and Solitude i’nterrupted (2019), Appetite (2019), The Fool (2020) and Celine Dion Fan Club (2020) for the University of Wollongong.



Big Bad Banksia Man

Ian has been involved in the entertainment industry for the past 25 years as a performer, administrator, director and writer. He has completed several short courses at NIDA and was trained in Theatresports by Lyn Pierce competing in the Cranston Cup at the Belvoir Street Theatre for 3 seasons. Ian has taught theatresports and improvisation classes at the University of Wollongong, The Illawarra Grammar School, Wollongong High School Of The Performing Arts, St Marys Star of the Sea, Shoalhaven Youth Centre as well as for corporate organisations. His directing credits include Shakespeare in the Gardens Twelfth Night (2012), So Here I Am at the Wollongong Workshop Theatre, and As You Like It (2015) EGTC's first touring outdoor Shakespeare. Ian has directed, written, and performed in dozens of children's plays which have toured festivals, schools and major events including Tapstar Saves Water, The King & Queen of Green's Realm of Rubbish Show, and The Take-Away Bellies. Ian's other acting credits include Small Poppies (WWT), Hedda Gabler (SPAT), Merry Wives of Windsor (EGTC) and television appearances on Water Rats, A Difficult Women, Tricky Business, Fireflies, Comedy Inc, Breakers, All Saints as well as numerous national and international commercials and short films.

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