Writer: Roald Dahl
Director: Ned Bennett
The Unicorn Theatre’s reading of The Twits, as presented by Martina Laird and Zubin Varla, is currently listed as appropriate for ages 6-12 but it doesn’t feel too controversial to say that Roald Dahl’s near-entire catalogue is great for literally the whole family. Wildly imaginative enough to grab the attentions of even the most easily distracted children, and sociopathically twisted enough to keep the attentions of any and all accompanying adults, The Twits is a magnificent tale of good trouncing evil, deliciously gruesome and delightfully rude: “Mr. Twit felt that this hairiness made him look terrifically wise and grand. But in truth he was neither of these things. Mr. Twit was a twit.”
Whilst this is only a reading, there is a pleasing measure of performance to it, both Laird and Varla distorting their faces to suit the ugly natures of Mr. And Mrs. Twit, the excitableness of the Muggle-Wumps, or the wisdom of the magnificent Roly-Poly bird. They also indulge us with squelching handfuls of wormy spaghetti and globs of gooey Hugtight glue.
That’s as much as you really need for a Roald Dahl reading, and anything more would likely take away from the tale itself. What a treat, and a lovely way to while away an hour with the kids, or, to be honest, without them.
Available here until 30 November 2020