Gargantua by Carl Grose

Connections is the National Theatre’s nationwide youth theatre festival. Each year it offers a unique opportunity for youth theatres and school theatre groups to stage new plays written for young people by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights, and to perform in leading theatres across the country. This year is the 21st anniversary year so the festival is bigger and better than ever!

This year we produced Gargantua by Carl Grose as our entry to the Connections festival.

When Mr. and Mrs. Mungus have a baby it isn’t the bouncing blue-eyed boy they were hoping for. After a two-and-a-half year pregnancy, Mini Mungus gives birth to a monster – one with an accelerated growth rate and an insatiable appetite for anything that moves (including joggers). But when sinister military scientists become intent on cloning an army of giant babies from the giant, he breaks his chains and escapes. The world can only watch in horror as he embarks on learning how to walk and rampant destruction. Who will stop this freak of nature? Who will decide his tragic fate? And who, more importantly, will change his nappy?

Directed by Christopher Elmer-Gorry, this piece brought together members of the Young Company aged 12-16 to perform this play and for the first time we are toured to 4 schools before moving into the Drum for the festival. Gargantua was a chaotic and hilarious production, which will allowed everyone to explore comedy and heightened characters! Think visual comedy and clowning! It’s a great play with impossible challenges and a giant heart.