The Selfish Giant

The poster for The Selfish Giant. A bright green background with a small girl dressed in red sitting on the branch of a tree. She is reaching up to a giant hand which is reaching down towards her from the top of the poster.

Inspired by the touching children’s story ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde, Tessa Bide Productions and Soap 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 magical show with powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry,  enchanting music and a sprinkling of magic, that the whole family will love.


Thu 15 & Fri 16 Feb – The Carriageworks, Leeds
Sat 17 Feb – Harrogate Theatre
Fri 23 & Sat 24 Feb – ARC Stockton
Wed 27 Mar – Pontio, Bangor
Sat 30 Mar – The Met, Abertilley
Wed 10 Apr – Arlington Arts Centre
Thurs 11 & Fri 12 Apr – Greenwich Theatre
Sat 13 Apr – Farnham Maltings
Sat 4 May – North Wall, Oxford
Sat 25 & Sun 26 May – Waterside Arts Centre
Tues 28 May – The Memo Centre
Sat 8 Jun – Blackwood Miner’s Institute
Sun 9 Jun – Cornerstone, Didcot

Teaser Video

Creative Team

  • Co-Producer/Designer/Devisor/Performer: Tomasin Cuthbert
  • Co-Producer/Devisor/Performer: Tessa Bide
  • Director/Dramaturg: Adam Fuller
  • Composer: Matt Huxley
  • Movement Director: Laura Street
  • Circus Director: Gwen Hales



Production photos by Paul Blakemore.

Educational Pack

If you’re a teacher, or a parent wanting to take the experience further with wraparound educational activities, check out our beautiful Teacher’s Resource Pack for ideas linking the project to literacy, PSHE, science, art and drama! Co-written by Tessa Bide Productions and retired primary school teacher with over 20 years experience Yvonne Dobson.

Book the Show

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