Adventure by George
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.