Gargantua @The Library Theatre

Mrs Mungus is pregnant. But after a two-and-a-half year pregnancy, she gives birth to Hugh Mungus, a monster baby.

By Lee Isherwood | 23 July 2012

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Mrs Mungus is pregnant. But after a two-and-a-half year pregnancy, she gives birth to Hugh Mungus, a monster baby with accelerated growth rate and an insatiable appetite for anything that moves!

The Norfox Young People’s Theatre Company, the Library Theatre’s resident theatre company for young people aged between 15-18, who gain valuable experience in developing their skills in a professional theatre environment, returns to Manchester Metropolitan University’s Capitol Theatre with Gargantua by Carl Grose, directed by Rosie Stuart and Josh Azouz.

When dastardly military scientists set their hearts on cloning an army of supersize babies for mischievous ends, Gargantua shakes off his chains and stages a daring escape. Who or what can stop this oversized freak of nature? What will be his fate? And, most importantly, who will change his nappy?

As well as featuring 15 young people from in and around Manchester, Gargantua features a giant baby puppet made out of papier maché by local puppeteer and performance artist Ben Moores, of Just Add Water Theatre Company, whose latest show, Bobby (Nobody Wakes up in Dreamland) is currently touring the north west.

Recent norfox members have been accepted on drama courses at RADA, the Oxford School of Theatre, ALRA, and the Central School of Speech and Drama. Another recent norfox member appeared in The Wind in the Willows, the Library Theatre Company’s hit Christmas 2011 production at The Lowry.

“The recent success of our students gaining places at some of the country’s most prestigious drama schools illustrates the high standard of the work of the company,” says the director Rosie Stuart, the Interim Theatre Education and Community Producer at the Library Theatre Company.

Josh Azouz recently completed a year at the Library Theatre Company as its resident assistant director. He is currently training on the Masters in Fine Arts course in theatre directing at Birkbeck College, London.

Venue: Capitol Theatre, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG.

Performances: Friday 10/Saturday 11 August 7.30pm.

Tickets: £7 (£4 concessions) available from Cornerhouse box office on 0161 200 1500, or