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.


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.


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


…rated second among the 10 top attractions of the 2007 Sydney Festival in the Sydney Morning Herald…

The Advertiser

…rambunctious, savvy and fun.

The Independent Weekly

Bush creatures swamp the stage, delivering one liners at a blistering pace.

The Advertiser