The deliciously dark humour of monster storyteller Roald Dahl has captured the imaginations of children around the world for decades.
Ranked amongst the world’s best-selling fiction authors, Dahl’s popular book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory celebrated its 50th Birthday earlier this year. With the centenary of his birth fast approaching, tremendous celebrations are promised to continue in 2016.
International audiences young and old can’t get enough of adaptations of Dahl’s mischievous stories jam-packed with revolting characters. Recent stage adaptations in London have included Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of The BFG, The Birmingham Stage Company’s production of James and the Giant Peach and Wyndham Theatre’s The Witches starring Ruby Wax. Other adaptations have included the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda the Musical which has been awarded 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards and the West End’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The New Musical which has won 2 Olivier Awards.
Earlier this year saw the screening of television movie Esio Trot in Australia – an adaption of Dahl’s 1990 adorable love story starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman. Griffin Theatre Company’s production of The Witches toured to Riverside Theatres in June proved to be so popular, that a return season was added in this month.
The future continues to look bright for Dahl fans with Magic Light Pictures producing two half-hour animated films based on Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Stephen Spielberg’s adaptation of The BFG starring Mark Rylance and Penelope Wilton, both set to come out next year.
So what makes adaptations of Dahl’s books so popular?
An adaptation has the ability to make a story jump off the page and bring it to life for children. Dahl’s quirky worlds and the depths of his characters imaginations are perfect for bringing a touch of magic to our stages and screens.
Spanning almost three decades, Dahl’s stories remain relevant and appealing to children today. The multi-generational appeal of Dahl’s stories offer includes parents having an enjoyable and nostalgic shared experience with their children.
Winner of Del Artè Charts Awards for Favourite Play of 2014 and Favourite Direction of 2014, don’t miss your opportunity to see Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts at Riverside Theatres. Seriously funny and frighteningly silly, this production from shake &stir theatre co is guaranteed to delight and disgust anyone from 5 to 105 years old.
Due to turn 10 next year, shake & stir is one of Australia’s leading contemporary theatre companies specialising in the creation of new work. shake & stir have produced a suite of award-winning productions including Statespeare (2011 Helpmann Award nomination – Best Children’s Work), Animal Farm (2011 Matilda Awards – Best Independent Production, Best Direction) and Tequila Mockingbird (2013 Matilda Awards – Best Mainstage Production, Gold Matilda Award). In 2014 they presented their production of George Orwell’s 1984 at Riverside, which was so popular it was moved from the Lennox Theatre to our larger Riverside Theatre.
“Dahl delights and revolts. A treat for mums, dads and the littlies… the audience lapped it up…It’s old fashioned storytelling that stays true to the spirit of Dahl and it inspires us to rediscover his work.” Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts plays at Riverside Theatres 15 October. Book your Golden Tickets to this smorgasboard of Dahl’s terrific and twisted tales now! CLICK HERE for more information and to book.