Ad­ven­ture by Ge­orge

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Sara Fitz­patrick

CHIL­DREN’S theatre has a bit of an un­fair rep­u­ta­tion, with many per­form­ers con­sid­er­ing it quite tragic – a genre they don’t wish to be stuck in, says Bris­bane’s Nick Sku­bij.

“And then there’s work from Roald Dahl – which changes all that – and is ac­tu­ally re­ally chal­leng­ing for an ac­tor and ev­ery bit as re­ward­ing as a so­phis­ti­cated play,” he said.

Dahl’s ’81 off­beat clas­sic, Ge­orge’s Marvel­lous Medicine, comes to the stage next week cour­tesy of Sku­bij’s con­tem­po­rary theatre com­pany, shake & stir.

Sku­bij – who cites The Twits as his favourite Dahl of­fer­ing – plays Ge­orge, tap­ping into his in­ner mis­chievous eight-year-old boy.

“I’ve done a lot of work with young peo­ple, so the years spent see­ing how they play to­gether and re­act to things and that sense of joy and won­der and ad­ven­ture that they have has made this rather easy for me,” he said.

“The trick­i­est thing is mir­ror­ing that un­bri­dled en­ergy that kids have – they’re al­ways ask­ing: ‘What’s next, what’s next, what’s next?’.

“As you get older you tend to go the other way and want to rest and sit down and do noth­ing, so it has been re­ally great to re-ex­pe­ri­ence that joy and won­der of youth.”

Sku­bij said chil­dren’s theatre Nick Sku­bij as Ge­orge (mid­dle) and the rest of the cast.

jokes, the younger kids get the spec­ta­cle and the adults get the adult hu­mour be­cause of course Dahl wrote some risque stuff in there di­rected to­wards par­ents that kids don’t re­ally un­der­stand.”

Sku­bij said chil­dren – and adults – of all ages would en­joy the pro­duc­tion, es­pe­cially flat­u­lent granny, played by a man.

“Hav­ing a man as grandma fits with Dahl’s grossed-out hu­mour – there’s not a lot to like about grandma. We’ve made her as gross as pos­si­ble, so ex­pect lots of farts, burps and bod­ily func­tions go­ing on,” he said.

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