THE stories and poems British author Roald Dahl wrote for children also appeal to adults, so it is not surprising that a Brisbane company’s touring production of a stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts that will play at Newcastle’s Civic Theatre next year is being promoted by the producers as a show for “children aged 5 to 105”.
Fans of Dahl’s works for children will also get to see of another of his comic tales, The Twits, also presented by a touring company.
The two Dahl comedies are among 14 locally produced and touring shows that will be staged as part of Civic’s 2019 season, with subscribers who book to see at least four shows paying lower prices and getting free parking in the nearby parking station.
Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts will have three matinee performances at the Civic Theatre on June 25 and 26, and The Twits six performances, including one early evening show, at the Civic Playhouse between July 31 and August 2.
Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts, which look in very different ways at fairy stories such as The Three Little Pigs and Snow White, has been a hit for Brisbane’s Shake & Stir Theatre, which adapted the tales, since it was first staged in Brisbane in 2013. There have been return seasons and capital city tours, with the 2019 production taking it to regional centres.
The Twits has a horrible married couple with that surname whose continual mistreatment of a monkey, Muggle Wump, with the aid of a brightly coloured bird called Roly-Poly, to give them their comeuppance. The show, produced by Fremantle’s Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, will tour Australia in 2019 after having a sold-out Perth season in January this year. The attention-grabbing puppet characters have won praise from audiences.
A third children’s show, Possum Magic, adapted from the classic Australian children’s book by Sydney’s Monkey Baa Theatre, has shows at the Civic on August 27 and 28.
Newcastle and Hunter shows in the Civic 2019 season are:
The Gospel According to Paul, a comedy written and performed by Jonathan Biggins that looks, with poignant moments, at how Paul Keating tried to reshape Australia when he became its Prime Minister (Civic, March 7).
Goori Dooki, premiere of a play by the Hunter’s Ray Kelly in which an aged indigenous man (played by the writer) is helped by his grandson to recall lost memories, songs and language. (Playhouse, May 29 to June 1).
Dali: Hallucinogenic Toreador, a look by Newcastle playwright Carl Caulfield at the strange world of the eccentric title Spanish artist (Playhouse, November 15 to 23).
2019 Civic season: more shows
- Gratitude and Grief Elixir, a jazz work featuring singer Katie Noonan and poet Michael Leunig (Civic, March 15).
- I Want to Know What Love Is, a Queensland-assembled look at people’s recollections of romances in their lives (Civic, March 22).
- Howie the Rookie, an award-winning Irish play looking at a man who gets caught in a gangland war in Dublin (Playhouse, April 10 to 13).
- Sydney Symphony Orchestra, concert with renowned guitarist Slava Grigoryan (City Hall, May 23).
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow (Civic, June 7 to 9).
- Circa’s Peepshow, cabaret with the Brisbane acrobatic troupe (Civic, September 13).
- Much Ado About Nothing, Bell Shakespeare (Civic, October 3).
- Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase (Civic, October 5).
A Phat Christmas
CONFESSIONS of 2 Fat Showgirls, developed by its performers, Lia Bundy and Kimberley Dingle, was one of the hits of this year’s Newcastle Fringe Festival, and they are staging it again with Christmas songs added. The venue is New Lambton Community Centre’s Savoy Room, with a 7.30pm performance this Friday.
Tickets, $25, can be bought through trybooking.com. In the show, plump mother Dani (Lia Bundy) and daughter Rach (Kimberley Dingle) declare that they are really Phat (pretty, hot and talented) as they talk, argue and sing about their careers as vocalists.