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James and the Giant Peach @ QPAC

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We all remember watching (or even reading) the old classic James and the Giant Peach so now is a good time as ever to relive those childhood memories by going to see it on stage at QPAC these school holidays.

Roald Dahl, the original author of the book, penned the classic tale in the early 60s. It tells of James Henry Trotter, a four year old orphan who goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Mistreated by them day in and day out, James one day meets a strange old man while doing his round the house chores, who gives him a sack of mysterious glowing gems. The man promises James that if he consumes them, it will bring him great happiness and lead him on a great adventure.

On his way home James trips and spills the sack's contents onto a barren peach tree outside. The tree then begins to blossom and one of the peaches grows to the size of a house. His horrible aunts discover the giant peach and decide to make money off it, while locking James away inside the house and permitting him outside the house only at night. James finds a juicy tunnel leading inside the peach to its core. Upon entering the core, James meets several insects who become his companions; the Centipede, the Earthworm, the Grasshopper, the Ladybird, Miss Spider, the Glowworm, and the Silkworm.

His newfound friends seem to loathe James' aunts as much as he do and were waiting for him to join them, as they plan to escape. The Centipede bites through the stem of the peach, releasing the peach, and it begins to roll down the hill, flattening his aunts on the way. The giant peach rolls through villages, houses and a chocolate factory (depicted in the novel as Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory) before falling into the sea. It slowly floats into the Pacific Ocean and from there the real adventure begins. A classic story of fate, courage and survival, James and the Giant Peach continues to be told to hundreds of children of the power of dreams.

You can have the chance to revisit this classic tale by going to see the stage production at QPAC. Brisbane's own Harvest Rain Theatre Company brings the story to life with colour, excitement and suspense. Who can forget the horrible aunts, the clever James, the animated insects, and of course, the curious adventures that make this story a much remembered one? It certainly has been a childhood classic for many children (and adults) alike.

So to watch a theatre production live on stage these holidays of the classic story, why not grab your friends and family to see James and the Giant Peach at QPAC? Tickets are on sale now for as low as $36.80, with discounts available for groups as well. For more information, please visit the QPAC website.
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Why? It's a children's classic live on stage
When: Thursday 5th January - Saturday 21st January 2012
Where: Cremorne Theatre, QPAC
Cost: From as little as $36.80
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