Teamed with a post-show ‘Don’t try this at home’ warning and a Grandma with a love of gin before lunchtime, another piece of Dahl chaos is gracing stages nationwide to celebrate the centenary of the great authors birth. Birmingham Stage Company are touring the UK with their adaptation of George’s Marvellous Medicine and this half term, Cardiff’s New Theatre has been taken over by hoards of children and families.
Brought to life on a quaint farmhouse set with animal puppetry, the small cast tell the tale of George’s medicine making for his nasty witch of a Grandma when she decides to stay on the farm unexpectedly, with her bell ringing, tea drinking, demanding ways. Combining household products galore and not forgetting a few chants and magic actions, George comes up with a concoction in true chaotic, Dahl fashion.
One of the authors shorter stories, a wide eyed George (played by Ed Thorpe) has the audience completely on side as he enforces the message that nasty, rude people deserve a bit of nastiness thrown back at them sometimes.
With a lot of repetition and audience interaction, this show is best placed with the junior school children in the sold out auditorium, although there were giggles from the young and old alike as chickens and Grandma grew and shrank with hilarious chase scenes and moments of pure magic. A cheeky fun-filled production, although it would have been great to see a little more Dahlian magic!
George’s marvellous medicine | New Theatre, Cardiff | Until October 29th