Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts on stage

Production image of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts.
Production image of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts.

REVOLTING Rhymes was the first Roald Dahl book Brisbane director Ross Balbuziente read as a child and remains his favourite for many reasons.

“It’s fairytales presented or written for a younger audience so they can relate to them on their level,” Balbuziente said.

“There’s nothing patronising or morally driven about them, but they are packed with lots of valuable lessons where the stereotypes we’re so used to seeing across mainstream media are completely flipped on their head in Roald Dahl style.”

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Balbuziente started Shake & Stir theatre company in 2006 with two other artists to present works for younger audience “that will entertain them first and foremost, but also hopefully engage them for life”.

“Roald Dahl is such a fantastic author to help us achieve that goal,” he said.

“He was the reason why I started reading and was fascinated with stories and storytelling. Adapting Roald Dahl’s work for stage was a massive treat, and quite easy dare I say, because he is regarded as the world’s number one storyteller for a reason.

“He’s done all the hard work for us.”

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Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhyme and Dirty Beasts is a live show creating “a wonderful cartoon reality” that features all six Revolting Rhymes and a few Dirty Beasts poems, suitable for children from five years old.

The Helpmann Award-nominated production will be at Heath Ledger Theatre, August 13 to 16, direct from a sold-out season at Sydney Opera House.

It features the same design team behind other Shake & Stir Roald Dahl productions George’s Marvellous Medicine and The Fantastic Mr Fox.

Production image of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts.

“Thankfully the Dahl Estate is really thrilled about the stage adaptations being produced by Shake & Stir,” Balbuziente said.

“To obtain the rights to adapt his books for stage is somewhat tricky and the opportunity isn’t given to many. We don’t take that privilege lightly and faithfully adapt his work, and then treat it like Shakespeare.”

 

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts

Where: Heath Ledger Theatre

When: August 13 to 16

Tickets: www.ptt.wa.gov.au

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