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


Omnibus Theatre, Clapham, London
November 28th – December 24th

2019 tour:

The Little Angel, Angel, London
Wed 6 Feb – Sun 10 Feb 2019

Exeter Phoenix
Sun 17th Feb 2019

King George’s Hall & Darwen Library Theatre
Mon 18th Feb 2019

The Met, Bury
Tues 19th Feb 2019

Pocklington Arts Centre
Wed 20th Feb 2019

Rheged Centre, Penrith
Fri 22nd Feb 2019

Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre
Sun 24th Feb 2019

Blackwood Miners’ Institute
Mon 25th Feb 2019

The Miners’, Ammanford
Tues 26th Feb 2019

Pontardawe Arts Centre
Wed 27th Feb 2019

Helmsley Arts Centre
Fri 1st March 2019

The Montgomery, Sheffield
Sat 2nd March 2019

The Old Fire Station, Carlisle
Sun 3rd March 2019

The Lyric Hammersmith, London
Sat 9th March 2019

Otley Courthouse, West Yorkshire
Wed 20th March 2019

Watermans, Brentford, London
Sun 24th March 2019

Artsdepot, North Finchley, London
Sun 31st March 2019

Bristol Old Vic, Bristol
Thurs 11th – Sat 13th April 2019

Creative Workspace, Bristol
Sat 13th April 2019

Arlington Arts, Newbury
Mon 15th April 2019

Guildhall Theatre, Derby
Tues 16th April 2019

Haverhill Arts Centre
Wed 17th April 2019

Hertford Theatre
Thurs 18th April 2019

Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
Sat 20th April 2019

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Production photos by Paul Blakemore.

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