Danny, The Champion of the World: An Interactive Experience

13 Dec

My husband won a pair of tickets to see a production of Roald Dahl’s ‘Danny, Champion of the World.’ It was fantastic! This was Stiggy’s first experience with the theatre, and initially he was a bit frightened. Our seats were in the back (it’s a very small theatre and these were actually great seats), but I spotted my brother-in-law and his family, sitting in the front row, so we sat with them. This row is so close to the stage that you have to actually walk on stage to get to your seats.

This is a very lively play. It opens with a scene of Danny’s dad being chased away from his poaching expedition- there’s shouting, gun shots, and the cast were literally running through the rows among the audience.

The cast were amazing, and really got the audience involved. They even found ways of working us into their lines. One of the actors commented on all the people helping, including a little kitten (pointing to a young girl on the balcony wearing a kitten mask). The children were so animated and really felt as though they were helping Danny and his dad.

Audience members in the front row were often pointed at, gently shaken, and had clucking chickens ‘peck’ them, and there were even a few mini firework explosions very close to our seats. 🙂

At one point we all had to stand up, stomp our feet, clap our hands, and shout to frighten the pheasants away so Mr. Hazel’s shooting party would be ruined.

During the intermission, Stiggy said he didn’t like it, but by the end, he was all grins. 🙂 He wants to go back to see another one.

For a little trailer of the production, see here.

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Posted by on December 13, 2008 in Authors We Love, Kindergarten, Theatre


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