The Adventures of Snugglepot and
Cuddlepie and Little Ragged Blossom

A new musical by John Clarke & Alan John
Adapted from a series of books by May Gibbs Director Neil Armfield

  • Venue Theatre Royal
  • Dates 12 – 31 Jan 2007

    A co-production with Windmill Performing Arts

    This is a big-hearted new musical about the littlest fellas in the pantheon of Australian legends, that unmistakeable pair of nuts, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

    Australia’s high mandarin of political satire, John Clarke, joined perennial Company B duo Neil Armfield and composer Alan John to stage a sprawling musical feast which confronted the big and small issues for both big and small Australians. A large cast of Company B’s finest recreated May Gibbs’ iconic world in all its squawking, brawny splendour.

    It’s a baffling country for a young gumnut. The stinky old Banksia Men want the bush for themselves, gumnuts are being thrown overboard, Mrs Snake’s up to less good than usual, those weird human beings are lurking in the shadows, and who is this marvellous Ragged Blossom, newly floated down from the treetops?

    We barged into the Theatre Royal for a good hard laugh at ourselves with the menagerie that is Snug and Cud.


    A new musical by John Clarke & Alan John
    Adapted from a series of books by May Gibbs
    Director Neil Armfield
    Book and Lyrics by John Clarke with Doug MacLeod
    Music & additional lyrics by Alan John
    Dramaturgy Casey Bennetto & Dennis Watkins
    Set Designer Stephen Curtis
    Costume Designer Tess Schofield
    Lighting Designer Nigel Levings
    Choreographer Ross Coleman
    Sound Designer David Gilfillan
    Musical Director George Ellis
    Assistant Musical Director Luke Byrne
    Musical Supervisor Alan John
    Assistant Director Geordie Brookman


    Holly Andrew
    Ana Maria Belo
    Simon Burke
    Mitchell Butel
    Darren Gilshenan
    Jolyon James
    Andrew Koblar
    Kris McQuade
    James Millar
    Lara Mulcahy
    Tim Richards
    Ed Wightman
    Ursula Yovich

    Simon Barker
    Craig Driscoll
    Wayne Freer
    Daniel Weltlinger

    Sydney Children’s Choir.

    Production images by Heidrun Lohr


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