REVIEW: The BFG at The Spring Arts Centre in Havant

The cast of Humdrum's performance of The BFG

The cast of Humdrum's performance of The BFG

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The BFG is perhaps Roald Dahl’s most beloved children’s book. In fact, there’s a new movie adaptation coming out next year which looks superb! I can’t be sure that it will be as much out-and-out fun as Humdrum’s production though.

Sam Sampson’s direction places the audience squarely in the action as a family party turns into an impromptu storytelling session. James George excels as the malapropism-spouting giant of the title and his interplay with the ‘human beans’ is heartwarming.

Emma Wells brings Sophie to life and whether performing herself or articulating emotion through a doll she is the heart and soul of the production.

The rest of the cast flit between multiple roles as flesh-eating giants, royal courtiers and party-goers.

Everyone has a moment to shine but special mention must go to Peter Colley’s butch head of the Air Force, Kerri Jeffrey’s Dancing Queen of Sweden and John Moore’s brilliant turn setting the scene for act two.

As always with Humdrum’s Christmas shows Caz Gilmore adds another element to the performance with live sign language presentation alongside the action.

A simple but effective set and lovely costumes complete the experience and like the rest of the audience I left the theatre grinning from ear to ear.

There are two more performances on Saturday.

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