The BFG brings big fun to Manchester
Date: 6 August 2009
Roald Dahl’s enduringly popular children’s book, The BFG, takes to the stage in a new adaptation by David Wood, the UK’s ‘National Children’s Dramatist’ (The Times). This well-loved story of a dream-blowing, big friendly giant (BFG) and orphan girl Sophie in the land of child-eating giants has an extensive UK tour in 2009, and makes a Giant Pit Stop at The Palace Theatre this August, for one week only.
When little Sophie is snatched out of her bed in the dead of night by the BFG, she fears the worst. His grisly neighbours, the Bloodbottler and the Fleshlumpeater, like nothing more than swalloping human beans, especially nice little childers. But the BFG is a dream-maker and not a man-eater and he’s about to take Sophie on a journey she never expected!
An undisputed national treasure and the world’s favourite children’s author, Roald Dahl has enchanted young minds for more than 25 years with stories that fire the imagination, bring dreams to life and release squeals of both terror and delight. The BFG is classic Dahl and this brand new stage show promises to mix up heart-pounding adventures with life-long friendships, jumbly words and even some whizzpopping in front of the Queen.
The cast is headed by Chorley born actor Anthony Pedley as the big friendly giant, himself, with Adam Baxter, Darrell Brockis, Becky John, Heather Phoenix and Louise Shuttleworth.
The production links in with schools’ Key Stage 2 priorities and there is a free Education pack for teachers on the show’s web-site.
The BFG is directed by Phil Clark, designed by Sean Crowley with lighting design by Ceri James and sound design by Mike Bee. Composer is Paula Gardiner
The show runs at the Palace Theatre, Manchester from Tues 25 - Sat 29th August.
- by Glenn Meads
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