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Mr Stink – the family friendly stage play that doesn't smell
Mr Stink, the popular children's book by David Walliams, premieres at the Sydney Opera House's Playhouse Theatre on Thursday, 7 April, continuing daily throughout the school holidays.
Mr Stink at Sydney Opera House (photo by the Sydney Opera House)
The hilarious and touching comedy is brought to life for a world premiere after bringing children, parents and teachers to tears with chuckles, laughs, chortles and hoots throughout Australia. At only 60 minutes, the performance is perfect for children from ages 6 - 106 to enjoy even after they've split their sides from giggling.
In this tale, we meet Chloe, a lonely girl looking for a friend and choosing Mr Stink (she must've had a head cold, affecting her sense of smell). She gives him refuge in her garden shed and they share stories and adventures. Chloe proves you're never too young or old to be curious and kind. Mr Stink, despite being ignored by most people while he struggles with homelessness, maintains a spirited dignity. Together, they challenge some of the negativity we see as we lose ourselves in distractions and ignore the gifts of the people around us.
If you haven't read the book, you'll be sure to love it if you enjoy the memorable stories by Roald Dahl, especially BFG. The BFG will soon reach cinemas as Steven Spielberg brings the magical giant to life. Mr Stink has also been seen (but not smelt) by over 6 million Brits after the BBC filmed a 3D television movie of the story.
Jonathan Biggins, returning to stage direction after successes with Pete The Sheep and the Wharf Revue comedy event, joins Maryam Master, masterfully adapting the text into a script bringing David's imagination to life. She's written the script after tackling The Incredible Book Eating Boy.
The play concludes on April 24, with a variety of daytime shows (10am, 12pm and 2pm) for kids to be captivated before excitingly retelling the story over a seafood lunch at Circular Quay.