Director Sam Sampson has been responsible for all of the HumDrum’s Christmas output over the years – and it’s a fine body of work: James and the Giant Peach, Winnie-the-Pooh, The Jungle Book, The Adventures of a Bear Called Paddington and George’s Marvellous Medicine.
This year HumDrum are returning to their Christmas roots with another Dahl favourite – The BFG.
Dahl’s 1982 book – adapted for the stage by David Wood - tells the story of Sophie, an orphan, who is taken away to the Giant Country by the eponymous Big Friendly Giant. The rest of the giants, however, are not so friendly and are staging nightly raids to get their favourite food – people! Sophie and the BFG return to England and enlist the help of Her Majesty the Queen to solve the problem and defeat the giants.
‘It’s important that the play sticks closely to Dahl’s storyline – it’s what our target-audience will be expecting and children are a notoriously difficult group to satisfy’, says Sam, ‘and we’ve tried to make it as visually exciting as possible, with live-action, puppets and film inserts’.
The show runs at The Spring in East Street, Havant from Wednesday 9 to Saturday 12 December and then again from Wednesday 16 to Saturday 19 December. Tickets are available from The Spring box-office on 023 9247 or online at their website – thespring.co.uk.