James and the Giant Peach Q&A

May 17, 2016

In anticipation of our upcoming production of James and the Giant Peach the Young Voices Panel had some questions for playwright David Wood, who adapted Roald Dahl’s beloved adventure for stage.The Young Voices Panel are a diverse group of young people who get the opportunity to influence how Polka Theatre runs. 

What do you like about Roald Dahl?  Great stories featuring children we root for, humour, great baddies, life and death situations, fair outcomes.

Will there be magic in the show?  Lots of theatrical magic.  Lighting, costumes, scenery, music.  In particular, look out for the Peach growing.

Who or what inspired you to be a writer and adapter?  In my teens I did magic at children’s parties and acted in plays.  After university I became a professional actor and started writing plays for children, thanks to a man called John Hole asking me to adapt The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Andersen for the Swan Theatre, Worcester in 1967!

Will the show be as good as the book?  I hope so!  Seeing the story acted out on stage is a different experience from reading the book.  I hope you enjoy both.

Will it be scary?  There are insects (including a Spider), sharks, two nasty Aunts, but nothing more scary than in the book.

What will be missing from the show?  Not much!  I did have to leave out the Cloud People.  And see if you can spot which insect in the book is not on the stage.

Will the theatre production be as good as the film?  The big difference is that in the live performance, the audience can join in and help James and his Insect friends.  Come and see the play and make up your mind as to whether it is as good as the film!  Make sure you read the book too!

James and the Giant Peach is on Polka’s Main Stage 27 May – 14 August. For more information and to book tickets please click here


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