The Twits (2006)
Pilot Theatre co-production with artsdepot to bring to life this brilliant tale by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood.
28th November 2006 – 7th January 2007
In 2005/6, Pilot Theatre’s Artistic Director, Marcus Romer, directed The Twits for the Octagon Bolton. This production went down in Octagon history as the most successful production ever staged at the theatre. We then recreated the show with the artsdepot venue in London as their 2006 Christmas production where it ran for six weeks.
Mr and Mrs Twit are sloppy and smelly. They don’t wash and they don’t clean, but they do play nasty tricks on each other – Mr Twit puts frogs in his wife’s bed, while Mrs Twit cooks spaghetti worms for her husband’s dinner. Worse than that, the disgusting duo have captured a family of Muggle-Wump Monkeys, and keep the poor animals hanging upside down in a cage. But help is at hand when the magic Roly-Poly Bird hatches a hair-raising plan to save them – in a daring escapade that threatens to turn the world of Mr and Mrs Twit upside down!
The Twits is one of Roald Dahl’s most popular stories and featured in the BBC Big Read Top 100, a poll of the UK’s all-time favourite books. This was a raucous and wonderfully wild tale of mayhem and mercy told through slapstick, live music, dance and drama. A magical treat for all the family during the festive season.
The production was accompanied by an educational resource for teachers and students studying The Twits.
Directed by Marcus Romer
Designed by Ali Allen
Music by Ivan Stott
Lighting by James Farncombe
Production Manager Mark Beasley
Company Manager Neil Mickel