The Gruffalo

A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood …

Saturday 9 November 2024 | 12pm & 5pm | GPAC Main Theatre

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia!

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups…  

“funny, charming and smart… brings the house down” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Beg, borrow or steal tickets. Your kids will love you for it” – Stage Whispers 


Full Price$20
Access Price*$9
Child (Under 16 years) $10
Concession Price $15
Family (any 4 family members) $30

A Little Bit of Blue

A Detective Story, told with Puppetry, where you help solve the case. 

Wednesday 3 July | 10:30am | GPAC Town Hall Theatre

A Little Bit of Blue is an interactive environmental detective story, told with puppetry. As well as unravelling a mystery, it involves learning about the unique habits of an extraordinary Australian animal, the Satin Bowerbird, and their fascination for the colour blue. It is a fun frolicking mix of Detective Noir, slapstick, with some interesting facts thrown in. 

Mavis’s world is turned upside-down by small disappearances. Something has gone missing and is nowhere to be found. Mrs Hooley has been looking everywhere. But it’s not just today. Every day a new thing seems to disappear. Little things. A $10 note. Clothes pegs. A ball of wool. It’s troubling at first, but the thief then takes it one step too far 

Mavis calls in a Detective to investigate.  The Detective, Harry McGee, an adorable fool, makes a mess of the investigation, and the children love always being one step of ahead of him. They set a trap for the burglar. A stake out is required. In the dead of night, and the Detective indeed finds something peculiar…. The children’s role is to help him solve the case. 

Jenny Ellis, a puppeteer of more than twenty years, weaves the whole mystery together, sometimes playing three characters at once. The young audience will gasp with surprise, sigh with the sadness, shout in outrage, cheer with triumph, and dance with joy as they follow the sneaky bowerbird on his journey to find love. 

A delightful show! Very clever and amusing – both for young and old. Jenny Ellis is clearly a very talented performer! Congratulations to all involved and thank you for a wonderfully engaging performance. 
~ Max, audience member, Northcote Kid’s Festival 


GPAC Town Hall Theatre, Traralgon

Full Price$10
Child Price*$8
Access Price$7
Family Price**$30

Additional Information

*Child Price: U16s

**Family Price: Any group of 4 family members’

Duration: 40 minutes, no interval

Production Warnings: May contain coloured disco lighting effects

Artist recommended age: 3-10 years of age

Puppetry of Paper

Scrunch, rip, twist, tear! 

Wednesday 3 July | 11:45am | GPAC Town Hall Theatre

How many things can you do with a piece of paper? This workshop is based on Bunraku-style puppetry, a traditional Japanese form of theatre which involves multiple puppeteers working closely together to operate one puppet. Workshop participants will start by making a unique puppet out of paper. They will then learn techniques for bringing their puppet to life, either as individuals or as a team. Each group will work on short performances which are presented to the group. Participants will leave the workshop with a range of performance skills, which can be applied to any kind of puppetry.  

Little Wing Puppets have facilitated workshops with thousands of young people in every state and territory of Australia, as well as overseas. They believe that young people deserve access to the arts, wherever they live. They’re passionate about passing on their skills so that children can learn to create their own worlds through puppetry. 


GPAC Town Hall Theatre

All Tickets*$8

Additional Information

*All Tickets: Accompanying adults free

**Please note: Ticket sales are capped at 20 participants (excluding supervising adults)

Duration: 60 minutes, no interval

Artist recommended age: 3+ years of age and supervising adults/families 

Miniature Train Rides

Trains are operated for the public, weather permitting, between 12:00pm and 4:00pm on the fourth Sunday of each month (February – November), with extra events scheduled during December.

Within Newman Park, Peterkin Street, Traralgon.

Scheduled Ride Day:

  • Sunday 23 June
  • Sunday 28 July
  • Sunday 25 August
  • Sunday 22 September
  • Sunday 27 October
  • Sunday 24 November

Rides are $4.00 per person.

Please note: As with other miniature railways – insurance, health and safety regulations require that all passengers MUST wear enclosed footwear.  No bare feet, thongs, sandals or other open-toed footwear can be permitted on the trains.  To avoid disappointment, we do have suitable footwear in various sizes available at the station to borrow.