Roald Dahl’s books involves a small boy with a very grumpy grandma. But the boy gets his own back on her with some very special magic medicine! The show is coming to Dubai this month, so we find out more.
Roald Dahl fans, rejoice! One of the author’s most imaginative books is coming to life in the UAE, with the arrival of George’s Marvellous Medicine, the stage show. Performed by the Birmingham Stage Company and adapted for the stage by award-winning children’s theatre director, David Wood, this acclaimed production has already proved a sell-out in the three previous times it has been performed in the UAE.
The hero of the story is George; a little boy who lives on a farm with his mum and dad, and his horrible grumpy grandma, who is rather strange and tells him she’s a witch. One day, while left in charge of grandma, George decides he’s had enough of her bullying ways, and he’s going to teach her a lesson. Instead of giving her a dose of her normal medicine, he sets about making one of his own – with absolutely extraordinary results!
To find out more about this show, we were granted a rare interview with the show’s most grumpy and horrible star, the one and only Grandma…..
What did you have for breakfast?
I had two poached eggs on white toast. But don’t tell my grandson George. I’ve told him I eat beetles and slugs just to scare him! He thinks I’m a witch which makes me laugh – I love to scare him and make his hair stand on end!
If you could sing one song on the television, what would it be?
Is there a song called I hate my grandson? That would be the perfect song. He keeps on growing which makes me feel even smaller than I am. I hate being small so I like to torment my grandson by telling him to stop eating chocolate!
If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
I would bring a picture of my late husband so I can keep an eye on him! I would bring an everlasting pot of tea so I could have a cup of tea every ten minutes. And I would bring my grandson George so he would be trapped on the island with me and could never escape. I would make him work 18 hours a day and sweep the whole of the island every week!
What was the last gift you gave someone?
Are you joking? I never give anyone gifts. What a waste of money!
What’s your favourite thing to do on an evening?
I love to call my grandson down to my room so he can’t enjoy himself playing games. I tell him I can make teeth grow out of his fingers so that he has nightmares! I can’t do any of these things of course, but I love to make George frightened.
Which super power would you like to have and why?
I’d love to make myself grow taller! I didn’t grow very much and I’ve always hated being titchy small. I’d like to grow bigger than a house so I could boss people around and make them do what I want. They’d never be able to get away from me and I could make everyone’s lives a misery! What fun that would be!
Where would you like to go in a time machine?
I’d like to go into the future so I could torment my grandson George when he is older and has children of his own. I’d move into his house and cause chaos by demanding everyone looks after me instead of his own children! I would demand that I had breakfast, lunch and dinner in bed and then I’d keep everyone awake at night by asking for cups of tea!
What would you do if you had a lot of money?
I would buy a Ferrari and drive at 250 miles an hour around parks and playgrounds to frighten all the children!
Sum yourself up in three words
Nasty, miserable and annoying!
George’s Marvellous Medicine is on at the Madinat Theatre in Dubai from Thursday 28 May to Saturday 30 May. Dhs120 (stalls), Dhs100 (balcony). Suitable for ages three plus. Also on in Abu Dhabi, check website for dates. For more information, visit www.artforall.ae.