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Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts


Riverside Theatre


01 October - 02 October 2019

Event Type

Live Event

Riverside presents
A shake & stir theatre co production
Adapted for the stage by shake & stir theatre co

“This Dahl delights and revolts. A treat for mums, dads and the littlies.” – The Courier-Mail

Think you know the story of The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Goldilocks and Jack and the Beanstalk? Think again.

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts bursts off the page in a spectacular live show, taking the world’s best-loved fairy tales and rearranging them with some surprising and hilarious twists. Frighteningly funny and seriously silly, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts is the perfect family entertainment. It delights and disgusts in equal measures.

Don’t miss this multi-Helpmann Award nominated production penned by the world’s number one storyteller and from the team that brought you George’s Marvellous Medicine.

Suitable for ages 5 – 105 years old

FYI This show contains haze, loud music, smoke and strobe effects

Dates & Times

General Public and Vacation Care Group Performances
Tuesday 1 October 2019 at 12pm & 6:30pm
Wednesday 2 October 2019 at 10:30am (Auslan Interpreted)

The performance on Wednesday 2 October at 10:30am will be Auslan Interpreted. Bookings essential

Watch Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts and then sink your teeth into the workshop! On sale soon

Originally co-produced with La Boite Theatre Company. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Tour supported by arTour an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Illustration by Quentin Blake. Photos by Dylan Evans

Ross Balbuziente

Josh McIntosh

Sound Designer
Guy Webster

Lighting Designer
Jason Glenwright

“This Dahl delights and revolts. A treat for mums, dads and the littlies…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.” – The Courier-Mail

“Pure entertainment…This playful and exciting production will have audiences laughing from beginning to end!” – Stage Whispers

“I cannot rave enough about this stage show. The direction, the actors, the production elements all come together seamlessly to create one of the best family friendly shows we have kid tested.” – Alphabet Street

“shake & stir is one of Brisbane’s most inventive theatre companies, and its work, Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts, is a clever reimagining of Roald Dahl’s twisted fairytales…The kids guffawed and the adults even more so…Kudos must go to director Ross Balbuziente and designers Josh McIntosh, Jason Glenwright and Guy Webster for a phenomenal use of stage, light and sound to create a fluid production that was always moving – quite literally, as the stage was a wooden wheel with trapdoors and panels that allowed for a multitude of clever special effects. Shadow puppetry, clever curtaining, great music and dozens of props and costume pieces gave it dynamism and pace.” – Sydney Morning Herald

“Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts will enthral young and old. You’ll laugh, squirm, delight, smile and thoroughly enjoy the smorgasbord of Dahl’s terrific and twisted tales that have been lovingly adapted for the stage.” – Australian Stage Online

“A production to hug tight. If you are lucky you may get a ticket. As they say (and it’s true) it’s selling fast…The adaptation of the literary text is excellent – something shake & stir (true to their name) do very well indeed – and the staging is energetic, physical, delightfully theatrical and spot on.” – Green Room

“It’s a rock concert, a Hip Hop film clip, a fairytale, and a favourite book brought to vivid life, all rolled into one and all PG-Rated. Fun that the whole family will enjoy. And I mean THE WHOLE FAMILY. REALLY. These four performers are awesome, and the company already has a massive secondary school following so don’t think twice about booking the extra seats for the teens, they’ll love it!” – XS Entertainment

“Flawlessly funny performances… Beautifully gratifying, clever stuff.” – Weekend Notes


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55 minutes (No interval)

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