The magical world of Roald Dahl
The magical world of Roald Dahl: It’s no secret that all of us at Art For All are mega-fans of the works of Roald Dahl. For the past decade we’ve done our best to increase his already stupendous fan-base by bringing George’s Marvellous Medicine Live On Stage by the prestigious Birmingham Stage Company, to the UAE.
Every time we bring it, this production is sold out in the weeks leading up the show, and that brings us a huge sense of satisfaction, because we know we are introducing children to the wonderful world of Roald Dahl – which in turn, will hopefully encourage them, and their parents, to read more of Dahl’s works together.
This year we’re delighted to be bringing a brand new production from the UK to the UAE. James and The Giant Peach is a show we’ve been after for years. But we’ve always held back in the past because the sets for such an event, understandably, are not particularly travel friendly.
However, for 2016 – our twelfth year as an educational theatre agency, we’ve decided to push the boat out and finally bring this amazing show to audiences in the UAE.
One of our personal favourites in terms of Roald Dahl tales, James and The Giant Peach tells the story of a young boy called James Henry Trotter. Orphaned when his parents are most unfortunately eaten by a crocodile who has escaped from a local zoo, James goes to live with his revolting Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. In true Dahl style, these are the revolting adults of the story. Sponge is fat and greedy, and Spiker is skinny and mean. Both of them are lazy and selfish and make James’s life a misery.
But one particularly horrible day, when James is longing for freedom, kindness and his beloved seaside, he is touched by the most extraordinary magic, and his world begins to change for the better.
Of course, the villains in the piece (the aunts) get their comeuppance (HOORAY!) and James is taken on an absolutely extraordinary adventure…
One of Roald Dahl’s shorter children’s books, this is a literary page to stage adaptation that works incredibly well because all the details of that magical story can be included in the show.
But don’t just take our word for it! Make sure you save a space in your diary for this amazing production. And remember to read the tale with your little ones before the show too. This will help them understand and enjoy far more, the action that unfolds on stage before them.
We are also running a fabulous art competition in collaboration with the show, so watch this space for more details! In the meantime, follow the links for more information.