James and the Giant Peach production praisedBy Becky Barnes
May 09, 2012
A peachy performance received the thumbs-up from the man who adapted children’s book James and the Giant Peach into a play.
David Wood OBE, watched Wilde Theatre Company's amateur production of the Roald Dahl favourite at the South Hill Park Arts Centre on Friday, April 13.
Mr Wood praised the "sophisticated" set, "clever" costumes, "imaginative" lighting and "inventive" puppetry.
He said: "This was arguably the best amateur/community production of the play I have seen – and I have seen a fair number.
"The confident acting by adults and children alike and the delightfully played music added up to a first class entertainment, rapturously received by an audience aged from four to 94."
The cast consisted of 60 children aged six to 16, three young actors playing principal roles, and 12 adult actors, all community performers from the borough and beyond.
Mr Wood added: "It struck me that this is just the kind of activity that is necessary to bring together the local community."
The Wilde Community Theatre Company was established in 1985 and since then has worked to produce professional standard productions. The company was set up to give Berkshire residents a chance to perform in a professional venue with a full creative team.
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