Words by Ed King
Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers comes to the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February – with shows in the MAC theatre at 2pm on both days, alongside an 11am show on the Saturday.
Aimed at children 6 years and older, tickets for Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers are priced from £8.50 – £10.50 for children and £8.50 – £15 for adults, depending on the day/time of performance and position within the theatre. Further concessions are available – click here for more direct show information, including full ticket details and links to online sales.
“Snozzcumber… who ever heard of a snozzcumber…?”
Roald Dahl needs little introduction. Responsible for some of the most prolific and wide reaching children’s stories (alongside some pretty dark tales for adults), Dahl’s work has become the contemporary benchmark for young fiction across the world – the highest accolade in this literary genre, it seems, is to be cited as following in the man’s giant footsteps. Just ask Walliams.
But when your portfolio boasts titles including Charlies and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Twits, The Witches, The BFG, Danny the Campion of the Word, James and the Giant Peach, and Fantastic Mr Fox… well, fair enough I suppose.
Get Lost & Found theatre company are still worried though, fearing that ‘all around the world Roald Dahl’s words are disappearing’ and the only way to save these foundations of fantasy is through an ‘ancient guild of tale tenders’ determined to keep Dahl’s stories alive. And although this creative dystopia may be contested by some (Neilsen Holdings, Tim Burton, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and Tim Minchin) why risk it?
So, with a special commission from Puffin Books, Dahl’s publisher, and a thumbs up from the writer’s literary estate, Roald Dahl and the Imaginations Seekers will be touring the UK until the end of March – coming to MAC with their ‘thrilling story delivered through performance, games and creative play’ at the tail end of February’s half term holiday.
And whilst the world beats with subjective hearts, and a man’s opinions do not necessarily reflect his work, as Ehrmann once wrote love ‘is as perennial as the grass’. So, to expand the metaphor, Dahl’s stories are a lush country estate lawn for children across the globe to play upon.
Sowed with empathy, empowerment, mischief, a smidge of anarchy and dollop of love, there are seldom better stories to prepare young minds for all the wonders and peril the world has to offer. You just have to be kind, resolute, and most of all to believe.
For as a wiser man than I once responded, to the snarled face of petulance and precocity, “…we are the music makers. And we are the dreamers of the dreams.”
Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers – official trailer
Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers comes to the Midlands Arts Centre on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February. For more direct information and links to online ticket sales, visit www.macbirmingham.co.uk/event/roald-dahl-the-imagination-seekers
For more from the Midlands Arts Centre, including further event listings** and online ticket sales, visit www.macbirmingham.co.uk
**If you like the look of this, why not check out some more family friendly shows at MAC:
Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday (4th to 6th Apr), visit www.macbirmingham.co.uk/event/sarah-ducks-big-top-birthday
Through Time (17th Apr), visit www.macbirmingham.co.uk/event/the-noise-next-door-through-time
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