The Selfish Giant

Two white, female performers standing and smiling in bizarre costumes that that are adorned with pompoms. They both wear black rimmed circular glasses and are carrying a trug basket.

For ages  


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.


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Creative Team

Designer/Devisor/Performer: Tomasin Cuthbert Menes

Devisor/Performer: Tessa Bide

Director/Dramaturg: Adam Fuller

Remount Director: Cat Boot

Composer: Matt Huxley

Movement Director: Laura Street

Circus Director: Gwen Hales

Assistant Sound Designer: Chris Menes

Photos: Paul Blakemore

Film: Sam Cleverly

"Simply lovely... The Selfish Giant really is a story for our times.” Children’s Theatre Reviews

"The beauty of this play will remain for a long time to come.” Curious Mum

"an intimate, simple and powerful performance using thoughtful and impactful storytelling and puppetry techniques…” Nappy Valley

“The Selfish Giant is beautifully crafted by these two leading family theatre experts. A perfect way to occupy young minds" Bristol 24/7

"Beautifully heart-breaking and visually entrancing.  I think the experience will stay with my children, and myself, for a long while." Entertainment News For South Wales

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