Full Length Play
Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences
Time Period - Present Day
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
No Special Cautions
Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Youth/Camp Programs
George lives on a farm, managed by his mother and father. Their lives are thrown into disarray by the arrival of Grandma, who behaves appallingly. George tries to make her 'better' by creating a marvelous medicine, which has the most extraordinary effect on Grandma, who grows and grows until she bursts through the ceiling. George's father realizes that the magic medicine could work on his farm animals, providing extra food to help feed a hungry world. But attempts to make more medicine lead to hilarious and frustrating happenings... The play uses puppets to considerable effect, plus a Giant Chicken, played by an actor.
"David Wood's sparkling new adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic gets the ear-splitting, roof-raising response it deserves." – The Stage
"This new adaptation is marvelous. It has all the ingredients needed for a really good family show... school groups could have lifted the rafters, they were so happy shouting at George!" – Birmingham Mail
"... a classic piece of theatrical magic when the grandmother grows through the roof ..."- Birmingham Post
"... an example of how to engage an audience's attention and keep it right to the end of the show. And beyond." - Whatsonstage.com
George's Marvelous Medicine was commissioned by the Birmingham Stage Company for the 2009-10 Christmas season at the Old Rep, Birmingham, the production then toured throughout 2010 and played a Christmas season for 2010-11 at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London.