REVIEW: George's Marvellous Medicine

Photo by Adrian Harris Photography

Photo by Adrian Harris Photography

First published in Entertainments

WE were intrigued by the thought of a stage performance of George’s Marvellous Medicine.

After all, Roald Dahl’s tale involves an evil old granny being given a potion that causes her to grow so much she bursts through the roof of her daughter’s house.

That’s going to be a tricky one to pull off – especially when you’re talking about an open air performance in a garden, minus the crew, special effects and super duper lighting you get in a big theatre.

So when the granny sipped her medicine, we were all on the edge of our picnic rugs.

And she grew, and grew and grew, bursting through the roof and ending up glowering down on the crowd of awestruck children.

It was a pretty impressive feat, even if you did feel a bit sorry for the actress who had to stay up there right through the interval while everyone else went off for a break.

Illyria always draw a good crowd and they always deliver; this is an ambitious show that delighted the watching youngsters.

MORWENNA BLAKE

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