The Selfish Giant

Inspired by the touching children’s story ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde, Tessa Bide Productions and Soup Soup Theatre have combined 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.

The Selfish Giant is a two-hander, told using powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, beautiful design, enchanting music and a sprinkling of audience interaction magic. An innovative light and sound design transports the audience into a rich and evocative world where giants are your neighbours and the voices of the wind and snow whisper at your keyhole and call down your chimney at night.

Teaser Video

Creative Team

Director/Dramaturg: Adam Fuller

Composer: Matt Huxley

Movement Director: Laura Street

Circus Director: Gwen Hales

Co-Producer/Devisor/Performer: Tessa Bide

Co-Producer/Designer/Devisor/Performer: Tomasin Cuthbert


The Lyric Hammersmith, London
11:00am & 1:00pm, Sat 9th March 2019

Goole Junction, East Yorkshire
10.30am & 1:30pm, Tues 19th March 2019

Otley Courthouse, West Yorkshire
10.45am & 1:30pm, Wed 20th March 2019

Watermans, Brentford, London
3:00pm, Sun 24th March 2019

Artsdepot, North Finchley, London
11:00am and 2:00pm, Sun 31st March 2019

Bristol Old Vic, Bristol
1:30pm, Mon 8th April; 10:30am Tues 9th April & 1:30pm, Wed 10th April 2019

Creative Workspace, Bristol
11:30am, Sat 13th April 2019

Arlington Arts, Newbury
11:00am, Mon 15th April 2019

Dèda, Derby
2:00pm, Tues 16th April 2019

Haverhill Arts Centre
2:00pm, Wed 17th April 2019

Hertford Theatre
2:00pm, Thurs 18th April 2019

Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
2:00pm, Sat 20th April 2019

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Production photos by Paul Blakemore.

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