Last chance to see Roald Dahl's characters brought to life via ballet

Friday 23 November 2012, 15:36

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If you haven't managed to catch Ballet Cymru's thrilling Roald Dahl adaptation yet, the tour comes to an end this week and there is still a chance to catch it at venues in Wales.

It's the first time the works of the popular Welsh children's author have been set to dance.

The double bill is based on two tales from Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, Little Red Riding Hood and Three Little Pigs, both provocative parodies of traditional folk tales which are more startling than saccharine in their content.

The original poems were published in 1982 by Dahl, born in Llandaff, Cardiff, and featured six of our best-known fairy-tales. They have since become a fixture on most children's bookshelves in this country.

Ballet Cymru were given permission for the production from The Dahl Foundation, which was set up by Dahl's widow, Felicity, and raises funds to help children and young people with serious rare blood or brain conditions.

And crucially, they even had the blessing of the Dahl family when devising the performance.

The company's director, Creative Wales Award winner Darius James, got the idea following discussions with his friend Paul Patterson who had previously composed the musical scores for the tales.

One score was used in the 2006 BBC Christmas Day special Little Red Riding Hood featuring the voices of Ian Holm, Julie Walters and Danny DeVito.

The ballet also features sets and animated costumes by the designer Steve Denton.

It has been a good year for the company, which has just been nominated for Best Independent Company by the Critics' Circle 13th National Dance Awards. The Awards ceremony is planned for 28 Jan 2013.

Roald Dahl's Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs will be shown at Theatr Hafren, Newtown this Saturday 24 November at 6.30pm and at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Sunday 25 November at 2pm.

The last performance this season will be at The Landmark in Ilfracombe on Thursday 29 Nov.

Tickets are £10 (£9) children £8. For more information contact Theatr Hafren or  Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

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