Wednesday, 28 October 2009

The BFG @ New Theatre, Cardiff


Children and adults often marvel at the wonderful books written by the late great Roald Dahl and it is always quite an occasion when one of his books is translated into another medium be it for film, television or stage play.

The story of The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) is no exception, brought to life here by a multi- talented cast and an exceptional production team.

When orphan Sophie is snatched out of her bed in the dead of night by the BFG she fears the worst. Her grisly neighbours the Bloodbottler and the Fleshlumpeater love swalloping human beans, especially nice little chiddlers, but the Big Friendly Giant is a dream catcher, not a man –eater and takes Sophie on a journey of a lifetime!

Anthony Pedley leads the cast as the BFG bringing Dahl’s literal larger than life creation to the stage complete with whizpops and jumbly words. Becky John captures Sophie’s innocence which endears her to both children and adults.

There is also a further cast of 8 multi-talented actors who all play multiple parts as well as provide appropriate sound effects and music in relevant parts.

A colourful set and a life size talking model of the BFG were further highlights in this marvellous production of which, at its culmination my 6 year old daughter informed me “I enjoyed all of it!”

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