Preview: Children’s tale The Gruffalo’s Child brought to life on HMT stage

The Gruffalo’s Child has ignored her father’s warning and will tiptoe out on to the HMT stage next Thursday.

Internationally acclaimed theatre company Tall Stories will present their musical adaptation of  Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to The Gruffalo – The Gruffalo’s Child, which was published in 2004.

Sofie Alice, who plays the Gruffalo’s child, said: “We follow the book very closely and we extended the story.

“We get to know all characters a bit more, especially the predators, and we find out more about their different personalities.

“It is a lovely little book. I really like how the Gruffalo’s child is adventurous and brave – it is like a coming-of-age story really.”

When asked to describe the Gruffalo’s child, Sophie said her character is “confident, ambitious, adventurous and she likes to challenge her father”.

She added: “She is not afraid to fail and do anything wrong. She wants to go out there and enjoy everything.”

Sophie believes kids like to “watch the story they learned from home on stage with their parents who read the book to them”.

Sophie, who joined Tall Stories two years ago, likes the fact that even though the theatre company brings children’s stories to life, it is focused on a “family audience and not just a certain age group”.

“They are very passionate about the story they tell – an enormous focus is put on the story,” she added.

Sofie hinted there will be a bit of audience interaction too.

She stated: “We will use the knowledge of the book.

“Kids will be able to participate from their seats.”

Find out what happens when the Gruffalo’s child wanders into the snow next Thursday from 1.30pm at HMT.

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