I’m kicking off 2018 with another fabulous Made at Curve production – George’s Marvellous Medicine. This is the latest in Curve Leicester’s series of Roald Dahl adaptions and it doesn’t disappoint.
This Roald Dahl classic tells the story of an imaginative young boy, George, who cooks up a new medicine for his snotty old Grandma when she comes to stay. In an effort to teach her a lesson, George accidentally causes havoc when his medicine is a bit more magical than expected.
The small stage is excellently transformed in cartoon-like fashion into the weird and wonderful farm where this story is set. A wonky shed towers over the house which cleverly comprises a beautifully decorated portaloo and bicycle powered cow-milker. As you take your seat you know you’re in for a crazy ride.
The entire production is brilliantly engaging. A superb small cast brings endless energy and enthusiasm to their characters. They keep their young spectators hooked on the edge of their seats asking them to assist with magic spell reciting and potion warming. Particularly memorable were the giant chicken and miserable Grandma – their transformations following a dose of George’s medicine were gorgeously seamless and rather hilarious.
I took my 6 year old nephew and he absolutely loved it! He was completely transfixed and thought it was “really funny”. Being only 1hr30m from start to finish (including interval) it was the perfect length for a jam packed production without time for the fidgety boredom to kick in.
This is a brilliant production to introduce little ones to the theatre. It’s engaging, completely bonkers and will have the whole family asking for more.
George’s Marvellous Medicine is at Curve Leicester until 20th January 2018, get your tickets here!
*Production Images by Manuel Harlan