Storey ex­plores imag­i­na­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

THE fan­tas­ti­cal tale of Andy Griffiths and Terry Den­ton’s best­selling book The 52-Storey Treehouse will bring ninja snails, a rocket-pow­ered car­rot launcher and more to Heath Ledger Theatre dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

Pre­sented by Syd­ney-based com­pany CDP, the stage adap­ta­tion of the next book in the muchloved chil­dren’s se­ries fol­lows the an­tics of char­ac­ters Andy and Terry as they solve the mystery of Mr Big Nose’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

Vic­to­rian Col­lege of the Arts grad­u­ate Alex Dun­can plays the role of Andy and said al­though he did not know much about the Treehouse se­ries be­fore join­ing the cast, he was cer­tainly full bot­tle on the books now.

“I didn’t know much about the Treehouse books but I was a fan of Andy Griffiths and Terry Den­ton be­cause I loved their Just books when I was younger,” the 27-year-old said.

“I’ve now read them all and love their style of hu­mour and the way the il­lus­tra­tions are part of the story.”

Dun­can said the books were mag­i­cal and un­real in a the­atri­cal way, lend­ing per­fectly to a stage adap­ta­tion for au­di­ences six years and older.

“They are es­sen­tially about imag­i­na­tion and that idea when you’re a kid that you can make up any­thing,” he said.

“Our set is made up of one wooden box that we open up and take things out.

“There are lots of cool sur­prises but it’s rather sim­ple as well.”

Dun­can said he en­joyed play­ing Andy, who was a bit of a smart alec, like him­self, par­tic­u­larly when he was younger.

“I used to get in a lot of trou­ble for it, so I do love that as­pect of Andy, who thinks he’s a lit­tle bit smarter than ev­ery­body else but he’s ac­tu­ally not,” he said.

Jack Starkey-Gill, Zo­ran Jevtic and Alex Dun­can.

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