What do you get when you mix a crafty fox, three greedy farmers, a woodland of cute animals and foot-stomping music? Why, the on-stage version of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, of course. The Ductac stage is set this month for a caper filled with cleverness, craftiness, friendship and fun, and the show is ready to capture imaginations, big and small, with this musical adaptation of a much-loved family tale. Conceived by Nuttffield and Curve, in honour of Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday (last year), the show has had a very successful run in the UK and is now being brought to the region courtesy of Dubai’s theatre promoters Art For All.
The production tells a story of greed, pride and the power of friendship, with big songs.
Director Maria Aberg is waiting patiently in the wings to see Dahl’s story come to life for Dubai families. “Dahl’s stories are funny and vivid,” she says. “They’re a bit rude, they’re grotesque and they sort of sit outside reality in a way that’s really appealing to a child’s imagination.
There’s an irreverence and a lack of respect towards figures of authority, which, for a child, I think is incredibly appealing.
“I think there’s a political element to [his stories] that means they resonate above and beyond the stories themselves.”
Families will love it as clever Mr Fox comes up with a plan to best the grabby farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Aberg promises us: “It’s a really wonderful bit of writing.
“It’s a fantastic company, the design is stunning and there’s a message to the story that is very important at this particular point in time – about community, togetherness, solidarity and what makes a good leader.”
Luckily for us, Art for All are big fans of all things Dahl and have plans to bring James and the Giant Peach and George’s Marvelous Medicine for another Dubai run in 2018, too. Count us in!
Dhs150-Dhs200. March 13-14 and 19-20, timings vary. Ductac Theatre, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).