Two of the most beloved characters in children’s literature are Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, made famous by author, illustrator and cartoonist May Gibbs in her best known work “The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie”, which sold 17,000 copies during its first release in 1918. “Gumnut Babies”, the first book written and illustrated by May Gibbs, was published in 1916.
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. Now a new generation will be entranced by the iconic tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie when these beloved characters are brought to life on stage in a modern, funny and enchanting production that will introduce today’s children to the wonderful world of May Gibbs.
The Gumnut babies are on a mission to see a human, but only in the distance. On their journey to the big city they meet friends and foes including Professor Kookaburra, Mrs Fantail, Mr Lizard, Mr Frog, Mrs Snake, Mr Possum 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? Find out the answers when Georgia Adamson, Christopher Tomkinson, Kirk Page and Jacob Warner take to the stage in this CDP Production directed by Susanna Dowling.
Preview performances of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie will play at Darling Quarter, Chatswood, Casula, Parramatta and the Seymour Centre from 17 June prior to the opening of the World Premiere season at The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House from Saturday 27 June to Sunday 12 July 2015.
In 2016 Snugglepot and Cuddlepie will play in 38 towns during their tour to every State and Territory in Australia.
May Gibbs died aged 92 in 1969, but her legacy to children lives on. She bequeathed her Neutral Bay home, Nutcote, to UNICEF and the copyright from the designs of her bush characters and stories to the Crippled Children’s Association (now Northcott Disability Services) and the Spastic Centre of NSW (now the Cerebral Palsy Alliance), generating royalties which have helped to provide vital support to thousands of Australian children in need.
Sandra Tiltman Photos: John Pond