Awful Auntie features an ambitious set with Rolls Royce, giant owl and special effects
- David Pollock
- 30 August 2017
David Walliams's unusual story is brought to life by Birmingham Stage Company
Grown-ups know David Walliams as a television personality from Little Britain and Britain's Got Talent, but the younger generation is probably more aware of him as the prolific and best-selling writer of a range of children's books in the Roald Dahl tradition. A good indicator of just how popular his works are, is how readily theatre groups adapt them, and this autumn will see the arrival of the latest stage version – 2014's Awful Auntie, in which awful Aunt Alberta and her owl try to take young Stella Saxby's inheritance from her.
'I adored the book when I read it and fell totally in love with Stella,' says adaptor/director, Neal Foster of Birmingham Stage Company who have previously adapted Walliams' Gangsta Granny. 'I knew this gripping and very unusual story would make a fabulous theatre show, with an epic struggle between two very strong female characters.
'The problem was, I had no idea how it could be physically done, but my wonderful set designer Jackie Trousdale has created a very adventurous and ambitious set. It recreates Saxby Hall with a Rolls Royce car, a giant owl and special effects, all wrapped up in the most thrilling story which unfolds in real time. If we get it right, it will be scary and hilarious all at the same time.'
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Thu 28–Sat 30 Sep, 7pm (also Thu 1.30pm, Fri 10.30am, Sat 2.30pm).