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


Puppet Animation Festival Scotland 2020:

  • Sunday 5th April – Universall Hall, Findhorn – 2:30pm
  • Wednesday 8th April – Rutherglen Town Hall – 2:30pm
  • Saturday 11th April – The Brunton, Musselburgh – 2pm


Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts

Saturday 25th April at 11am and 2pm


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Production photos by Paul Blakemore.