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REVIEW: James and the Giant Peach
4:44pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Entertainments
JAMES and the Giant Peach is a weird and wonderful tale even by Roald Dahl’s standards, and this creative production translated the book on to the stage with authenticity and heart-warming brilliance.
James’ story of how he came to fly to New York in a giant peach carried by seagulls is full of excitement and adventure, and clever staging and child-friendly direction meant the young audience stayed attentive throughout.
There was so much action on stage – scooting sharks, glow in the dark sea creatures, puppets, song and dance, explosions and the rapidly growing peach – that there wasn’t time for any fidgeting.
The brilliant cast of actor/musicians swapped instruments, costumes and props as they told the tale of James, who escapes his mean aunts Sponge and Spiker with the help of a team of giant insects and his trusty peach.
The action was also brought into the auditorium with flying helicopters, seagulls and a huge orange balloon soaring over our heads.
Although like many of Dahl’s books James and the Giant Peach does have some sinister themes, the directors of this show didn’t make it unnecessarily scary.
None of the storytelling was lost as a result but there were no sobbing children.
The peach was used to great effect with the cast hiding in it and clambering all over it, and the whole show had such energy and commitment that I’m sure the adults enjoyed it as much as the children.
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