George’s Marvellous Medicine jumps off the page on Saturday in two Geelong stage shows packed with mischief, magic and laughter.
Queensland’s Shake & Stir Theatre Co recreates the book which spawned from the whacky mind of legendary children’s writer Roald Dahl.
The play begins when what seems like just another boring day for George quickly turns into a marvellous experiment of epic proportions.
On a good day, George cannot stand his Grandma. She complains all the time, she is mean and she smells funny.
On this particular day, Grandma is much more annoying than usual and George has had enough.
“George – make me a cup of tea! George – rub my feet! George – stop growing!” she cries.
Wanting to put an end to her constant nagging, George creates a special concoction, greater than any medicine in the history of the world.
Against his expectations, the medicine actually works! Just not in the way he thought it would…
George’s Marvellous Medicine comes direct from a sold-out season at the Sydney Opera House to Geelong Performing Arts Centre for two afternoon shows on Saturday.
The onstage adaption features members of the award-winning team behind the Australian production of another Roald Dahl book, Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts.
Dahl published George’s Marvellous Medicine in 1981 and the book quickly became popular in UK primary schools.
The book contains the following warning to readers:
“Do not try to make George’s Marvellous Medicine yourselves at home. It could be dangerous.”