I am sure that everyone is familiar with David Walliams, the funny British comedian that co-created and starred in Little Britain and is a top judge on Britain’s Got Talent. But you may yet associate him in his new role. For this celebrated actor has taken to writing children’s books. I’ve not personally read any, as yet, but I did catch the TV adaptation of one of his writings, Gangsta Granny; which has now been adapted for stage too and was the show I had the pleasure of going to see last night.
It is foremost a show for children but tells a story that is so poignant that you can relate at any age. David, who is likened to Roald Dahl and is a noteable idol of his, knows how to bring the characters to life too. The stories are lighthearted and fun but with meaning. The story touches on a very deep subject that many avoid for children but the deliverance of the very powerful message in Gangsta Granny was easy to understand, deep enough to pull on your heartstrings and simply beautiful.
Much like Roald Dahl, David, with his children writings, will undoubtedly leave a legacy in very much the same way. The stories that we love as children that never tire as we get older. They’re the stories we share amongst generations for generations. It is well worth going to see such a show even as an adult because it brings out your younger self, the one that can get lost in the day to day responsibilities.
I found Gangsta Granny pantomime-esque in it’s delivery; Ben (Ashley Cousins), the relatable lead character talks directly to the audience and participation in particular acts are encouraged. It takes a truly memorable cast, like this one, to make such a spectacular show.
It was evident that the children really loved the show- from silly sound effects to the queen’s dancing, they were, quite literally in the case of the young girl in front of us, on the edge of their seats; laughing and cheering when appropriate and mesmerised by the production the rest of the time. Everyone left the theatre with huge Quentin Blake style grins.
A little additional note: The show start and finish is a little earlier than most shows at the theatre which is ideal for those you fear can’t sit through longer productions, want to introduce them to the theatre and even ideal for those that like an early night.
Gangsta Granny will not be the only adaptation of David’s books coming to Bristol, Awful Auntie will be making an appearance in May 2018.