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Turning books into theatre | Danny the Champion of the World

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My children are big on reading, which pleases me a lot. I've written before about Charlie's obsession with Harry Potter, Horrible Histories and more recently The Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Megan on the other hand will pretty much read anything. She has just enjoyed reading Dirty Bertie via Library Club.

Charlie also has an extensive collection of Roald Dahl books (he even pinched the book Olive got at Lewey's Book Swap!) we don't however have Danny Champion of the World. When we heard London Contemporary Theatre were touring the UK which included Lighthouse, Poole we jumped at the chance to go see it.

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Roald Dahl’s heart-warming children’s tale, Danny the Champion of the World. It’s the story of a young boy and his Dad who are facing eviction from the caravan they share. That is, until Danny hatches a plan that can make him Champion of the World!

Charlie and Daddy Moo had a boys night out and both thoroughly enjoyed it. There is an intimate cast of 5 members playing numerous roles and instruments. Daddy Moo being a gardener was impressed by the shed, which the cast used to play instruments and make chicken sound effects. The story is very true to the book which Moo now is desperate to read.

If you are looking to introduce your children to theatre or maybe see one of their favourite books come to life then check out these.

How The Koala Learnt To Hug is a perfect introduction to theatre for 3-5years. Based upon the book of the same name featuring a host of puppets, great stories, songs and hugs at The Haymarket, Basingstoke on 3rd May.

Based on the much loved book by Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat is a lively and engaging first theatre experience for young children at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, from 19 to 21 June.

One of our personal favourites Room on the Broom is coming to The Haymarket, Basingstoke from 5 to 7 June. Julia Donaldson's tale of a witch and her cat is brought to life via Tall Stories, high energy, puppets and songs.

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