Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
A fruity children's tale of classic proportions
Few children's writers have the background of Squadron Leader Roald Dahl. A wartime flying ace and spy for the British, married to a Hollywood film star, Patricia Neal, he also invented a revolutionary medical valve as well as many of the most memorable children's books ever.
Following a meeting in 1942 with the author CS Forrester (Hornblower) Dahl began to write. Firstly about his wartime adventures (Shot Down over Libya) and then, a year later, his first children's story - The Gremlins. Walt Disney bought the book to be made into a movie, although that never actually happened.
Over the coming years he wrote, among others, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox and The BFG as well as macabre short stories for adults, Tales of the Unexpected. A short film about his life can be seen here.
The cast of James and the Giant Peach (Photograph courtesy of Kads)
His James and the Giant Peach (1961) is the story of young boy, James Henry Trotter, sadly orphaned and sent to his horrible aunts Spiker and Sponge in the country. He makes friends with the creatures in the garden and when a giant peach grows on the tree he and his companions climb into it and travel off into adventures, ending happily.
James and the Giant Peach has been filmed, made into a musical and now as a straight play, adapted by Richard George.
James and the Giant Peach's cats backstage at Kads (Photograph courtesy of Monique Lewit)
This charming play is Kalamunda Dramatic Society's (Kads) final offering for the year. Directed by award-winning Christine Ellis and featuring a cast of highly talented actors from KADS Youth Group, who recently won Senior Production at Youthfest with their production of Rabbit and which has been going from strength to strength over the last three years.
This is a show for all ages and families will love it. Suitable for children aged six and upwards. Please book early as the theatre has limited seating.
James and the Giant Peach runs from Friday 17th November to Saturday 2nd December 2017 Sunday Matinees: 19th and 26th November 2017 at 7:30pm at KADS Theatre - Barber Street, Kalamunda Town Square, Kalamunda.
Adult Tickets cost $20.00, (Concession $17), and are on sale from Lucky Charm Newsagency, phone 9257 2668. For discounted group bookings call Linda Murray on 0448 779 891.