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The Selfish Giant

by Tessa Bide Productions

theatre, children-and-family

Powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, beautiful design, enchanting music and a sprinkling of magic sums up this very special show.

about the production

Inspired by the touching children’s story ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde, Bristol's two leading family theatre experts are combining forces to explore an unusual friendship, and how even the grumpiest giant’s heart can melt when Spring finally comes. Grinter the giant shuts herself away in her cold house, surrounded by huge snowy gardens, enclosed by high, frost-covered walls. Outside, the children discover a chink in the giant's wall, changing the course of their lives forever.

about the artist

Based in Bristol, UK, we create theatre with – and for – children which unites families, offering an engaging and stimulating theatrical experience for both adults and children. You might meet us in a traditional theatre setting or in the middle of a field. We aim to inspire communities who may not have access to theatre with topical stories, a bold physical language and a few puppets along the way. TBP put children at the heart of our work, from devising through to presentation. We encourage creativity, inclusive play and a sense of adventure.

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stage dimensions

width: 6 metres

height: 3 metres

depth: 6 metres

Space required:
6m x 6m. Please tell us if your space is smaller than this, we may be able to be flexible.

The sound and lights are operated through a MacBook – it all runs on QLab. We also with tour with an ETC NOMAD which is our preference to use if you have the facility.

• The target audience is 4-10 years but it's suitable for children 3+ and children under 3 will still get lots from it.
• ‘The Selfish Giant’ is a title recognised by most and studied regularly on the National Curriculum meaning it has wide appeal to school groups.
• The show uses puppetry, movement and song to engage with all members of the audience.
• The show runs at 55mins long with no interval.
• There will be educational resources available to download from the companies’ websites.

The beauty of this play will remain for a long time to come’

Curious Mum

A beautiful show that will appeal across generations.

Spy in the Stalls

We can perform the show in a relaxed setting and are open to having a BSL interpreter but this would be at cost to the venue.

There is the option of running workshops in schools and community centres local to the venue, to interact with children and families who may not normally engage in the arts. We have a raft of experience leading such outreach streams and can deliver Arts Award training too.

£1200 (incl.VAT) for a two show day, £800 (incl. VAT) for a one show day.