Roald Dahl fans will rejoice at the opportunity to bring their favorite books and characters to life. Five of Dahl’s hugely popular, beloved books have been adapted into winning plays for children. With useful tips on staging, props, and costumes, these plays can be produced with a minimum amount of resources and experience. Teachers, parents, and children everywhere will recognize Quentin Blake’s appealing classic cover art and will find these easy-to-perform plays to be a great source of entertainment!
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.25(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. He spent his childhood in England and, at age eighteen, went to work for the Shell Oil Company in Africa. When World War II broke out, he joined the Royal Air Force and became a fighter pilot. At the age of twenty-six he moved to Washington, D.C., and it was there he began to write. His first short story, which recounted his adventures in the war, was bought by The Saturday Evening Post, and so began a long and illustrious career.
After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 while living in England with his family. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.
Roald Dahl is now considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time. Although he passed away in 1990, his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.
Learn more about Roald Dahl on the official Roald Dahl Web site: www.roalddahl.com
Date of Birth:September 13, 1916
Date of Death:November 23, 1990
Place of Birth:Llandaff, Wales, England
Place of Death:Oxford, England
Read an Excerpt
Excerpt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: A Play (pages 32-33)Scene 5
The Chocolate Room. The Chocolate River runs across the stage, surrounded by trees and pipes. All enter as scene opens.
AUGUSTUS GLOOP: I’m tired! It seems like we’ve been turning left, turning right, turning left, and turning right again for a whole hour or so. When are we going to eat? I’m hungry! I want to eat right now! Do you all hear me? Now!!
CHARLIE: Did you notice that we’ve been going downward for the longest time, Grandpa Joe?
GRANDPA JOE: Yes, Charlie, I think I heard Mr. Wonka say that we were going underground and that all the most important rooms in his factory are deep down below the surface.
CHARLIE: I wonder why?
GRANDPA JOE: Well, I think he said that there wouldn’t be nearly enough space for them up on top. He said that the rooms we are going to see are enormous. Some are supposed to be larger than football fields!
WILLY WONKA: Here we are everybody! This is the Chocolate Room. This room is the nerve center of the whole factory. It’s the heart of my whole operation!
AUGUSTUS GLOOP: Uhh . . . I don’t see anything but that old river over there. Where’s the food? I’m hungry!
MRS. GLOOP: And just look at those enormous pipes over there. There must be ten or eleven of them. I wonder what they’re for?
CHARLIE: Gee, Mr. Wonka, what’s wrong with your river? It’s all brown and muddy-looking.
WILLY WONKA: Nothing wrong with it, my boy! Nothing! Nothing at all! It’s all chocolate! Every drop of that river is hot melted chocolate of the finest quality. The very finest quality. There’s enough chocolate in there to fill every bathtub in the entire country! And all the swimming pools as well! Isn’t it terrific? And just look at my pipes! They suck up the chocolate and carry it all away to all the other rooms in the factory where it is needed! Thousands of gallons an hour, my dear children! Thousands and thousands of gallons!
VERUCA SALT [Screaming as she looks over the edge of the river]: Look! Look over there! What is it? He’s moving! He’s walking! Why, it’s a little person! It’s a little man! Down there behind one of the pipes!
[Everyone rushes to the edge of the river to get a better look]
CHARLIE: She’s right, Grandpa! It is a little man! Can you see him?
GRANDPA JOE: I see him, Charlie!
[All now shout in turn]
MRS. GLOOP: There’s two of them!
MR. SALT: My gosh, so there is!
MRS. BEAUREGARDE: There’s more than two! There’s four or five!
MR. TEAVEE: What are they doing?
MRS. GLOOP: Where do they come from?
VIOLET BEAUREGARDE: Who are they?
CHARLIE: Aren’t they fantastic?
GRANDPA JOE: No higher than my knee!
CHARLIE: Look at their funny long hair! They can’t be real people!
WILLY WONKA: Nonsense! Of course they are real people! They are some of my workers!
MIKE TEAVEE: That’s impossible! There are no people in the world as small as that!
WILLY WONKA: No people in the world as small as that? Then let me tell you something. There are more than three hundred thousand of them in my factory! They are Oompa-Loompas!
Excerpted from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: a Play"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was fantastic! A great, classic story. A must read for ALL people, children and adults!
As a play this is appalling. (this is not a reflection on the original book). It starts with a 2-page speech by the narrator, three of the children have page-long speeches to deliver, and once the events get going, most of the characters traipse from scene to scene with barely a word of dialogue until the scene that focuses on them. I know Mr George originally produced this with a junior school in New York, but if it was staged as he has written it, he must have had not only some children with remarkably good memorising skills, but also some children with remarkable attention spans watching.I have recently been in this (as Grandpa Joe), and only accepted the part because I trusted the director to do something interesting with it. I would never have accepted a part in that play on the strength of the script.
My students love Roald Dahl's books and I love doing reader's theatre and plays with them. It was great to find this adaptation (with Dahl's blessing) of a kid novel into a play which was true to the original. I highly recommend it!
This is the best book I have ever read! It is most likelt the best Ronald Dahl books ever written. It teaches you not only to just accept this for what you want but also to decide what is more important. It also teaches you that you dont need everything there are reasons why people dont buy you things. The characters were great. If I were a teacher I would make my students read it and write a report on it. Its also a very funny and thrilling story as well as teaching you life leasons.
It was the funist play i have ever been in!
I have acted in Many,many,many plays & this was by far the best!
I liked this book so much its one of the best roald dahls its 10/10 which is the best my favorate character is charlie