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West Haddon Players performance of BFG Pictured are John Harrison (BFG) with Alice Porter (13 - Sophie)
West Haddon Players performance of BFG Pictured are John Harrison (BFG) with Alice Porter (13 - Sophie)

The weird and wonderful world of Roald Dahl will be coming to a village hall in the new year.

The West Haddon Players will be getting 2014 off to ‘whizzpoppingly’ wonderful start with The BFG.

Based on the classic children’s tale published in 1982, the story centres around a little girl named Sophie who was named after Dahl’s own daughter.

When Sophie cannot fall asleep during the witching hour, she sees a giant blowing something into the bedroom windows down the street.

The giant notices her, reaches through the window, and carries her to his home in Giant Country.

The amateur group is hoping to attract people fed up with the festivities.

It has been adapted for the stage by playwright David Wood and the group hopes it will delight ‘chiddlers’ of all ages – and adults will be ‘bogswinkled’ too!

The show’s director, Jane Porter, said: “One of the members of the group made the suggestion about doing The BFG on the stage and I immediately said that I’d like to direct it.

“I have two children and they were both very into Roald Dahl when they were younger. We grew up with it in our house.”

However there has been a number of different technical challenges for the group to overcome.

Jane said: “There are not many 24-foot giants in West Haddon and there are a lot of special effects in the show! We have managed to find ways around the various technical challenges which have been a lot of fun to work out.

“It goes without saying that you could not put on a show like this without the fantastic technical support that goes into it. You are never alone doing the shows and there are fantastic people who, when they are given a challenge, really rise to it and deliver something really extraordinary.

“This is a very different type of show to those we have done before but it has been good to do it.”

She was also full of praise for the cast who she says have been fantastic.

Jane said: “We have had a lot of fun and laughter in rehearsals but all of the cast have worked really hard and I think we are ready to bring the show together with the performances and the special effects.

“There are a lot of characters in the show but only eight cast members so there is a lot of doubling, tripling and quadrupling up of actors playing different roles within the same show. One minute they have to be a giant, the next they have to be a child.”

And she hopes this much loved children’s classic will be well attended.

Jane added: “Don’t miss out or it’s squashed flies and ‘disgustatious snozzcumbers’ for you. It is a far better way to spend an evening (or afternoon) than sitting in front of the ‘telebunkum box!!’ ”

The West Haddon Players will be staging The BFG at the village hall on Thursday, January 2 to Saturday, January 4. The performances start at 7pm although there is a matinee starting at 2.30pm on the show’s final day.

Tickets for the show are £7 for adults and £5 for children and can be booked by calling the box office on 01788 510503 or by emailing