Writer: Roald Dahl
Adapter: David Wood
Director: Max Webster
Reviewer: John Roberts
Following on from their colourful and entertaining production of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, Leicester’s Curve theatre alongside Kingston’s Rose Theatre have joined forces to present this hideously grotesque, yet highly enjoyable tour of Dahl’s deliciously disgusting duo.
Under the direction of Max Webster, Dahl’s dark tale is brought vividly to life with plenty of music composed by Dougal Irvine (look out for an excellent song linking many of Dahl’s famous characters), plenty of audience participation and a set of grotesque performances that make even the adults in the audience gag with disgust.
Robert Pickervance and Jo Mousley as Mr and Mrs Twit delight the energetic and engaged audience with performances that leap right of the page and onto the stage, their grand entrance is a delight of Georgia Lowe’s excellent grim set design and her costumes will leave marks imprinted on your retina’s for years to come. Pickervance’s performance is pleasing from the off and never fails to take his portrayal to level 11. Mousely is equally engaging with her northern tone and leopard print costumes.
The pair are joined by a set of actor-musicians who take on the roles of the monkey family – otherwise known in Dahl’s world as Muggle-Wumps. Luke Johnson, Liz Jadav, Alex Chang and Charlotte Workman bounce around the stage with energetic abandon, flipping and rolling and actively encouraging the audience to get involved. Jack Horner also brings flamboyant fancy as the larger-than-life Roly-Poly Bird.
Webster’s production is a delight and at just over 90minutes including the interval proves to be a perfect half-term treat for the audiences of Liverpool, however word from the birds is the show is almost sold out, so if you want to see this dark yet delicious tale from one of our best writer’s then you need to get on the phone and book your tickets quickly.
Runs until 25th February 2017 | Image: Pamela Raith