National Theatre Connections - Gargantua
BY CARL GROSE
7 May 2016
Performed by WCTT Young Actors Company
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?
Carl Grose’s plays include Grand Guignol, Superstition Mountain, 49 Donkeys Hanged, The 13 Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo, Gargantua and Horse Piss For Blood. For the past 20 years he has worked with the internationally acclaimed Kneehigh Theatre as both actor and writer. Writing for Kneehigh includes Tristan & Yseult, The Bacchae, Blast!, Cymbeline, Hansel & Gretel, The Wild Bride and, most recently, Dead Dog In A Suitcase (and other love songs) – a new version of The Beggar’s Opera. Grose has also written for Spymonkey, National Theatre of Wales, Told By An Idiot, and BBC TV and radio. He is currently writing new plays for the RSC, the NT, and the Drum Theatre, Plymouth.
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