Tall Stories production of The Gruffalo lands at the Mercury at the end of this month! The classic adventure will be brought to life on stage featuring the much-loved characters from the children’s book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. We caught up with Lauren Scott-Berry who will be playing Mouse in the upcoming tour.
In his song, the Gruffalo sings about all the things he would love to do if he wasn’t so big – like learn to hula, draw a work of art, and study ancient Greek – if you could have any special talent, what would it be?
I’ve always loved the idea of being a magician. When I see slight of hand magic, it blows my mind!! I’d love to be the one making things appear and disappear before people’s eyes and seeing their heads explode…figuratively of course.
What do you admire most about your character Mouse?
I think it’s near impossible not to admire the confidence that Mouse displays. She is not unafraid or fearless but she always finds courage and faces her fears head on. It’s an enviable characteristic.
If you could describe MOUSE in three words, what would they be?
Courageous, feisty, strong
What’s your favourite song in the show?
‘What Gruffalo’s Do’. Something about all those accidental animal murders never fails to make me giggle.
Would you rather live with the Fox in an underground house, the Owl in a tree-top house or the Snake in a log-pile house, and why?
I don’t know how I’d get along with Owl but I’d definitely chose his house to live in. I’d build an extension and make it a really cool treehouse with a slide for me to get down! Plus there’d be far less creepy crawlies up there than there would be in the other houses.
What excites you most about your upcoming tour with THE GRUFFALO?
We get to go to some really exciting places on this tour and most of them are places I’ve never been before. I think travelling to the USA is rather high up on my excitement list (it may have something to do with being there for my birthday).
The Gruffalo is at the Mercury from 28 Jun – 2 Jul, tickets are still available, for more information please click here.
P.S – if you book your tickets before 23:59 on Mon 19 Jun you will be entered into a draw to meet The Gruffalo and his friends!*