In 1942, Enid Blyton published the first of the (soon to be) Famous series. 75 years later, the series are some of the most cherished stories of all time.
Two of Yorkshire’s most innovative theatre makers have joined forces to produce a theatrical adventure for families to celebrate this year’s 75th anniversary.
Gobbledigook Theatre (working in association with Enid Blyton entertainment), from the fields and forests of North Yorkshire, have brought the stories to life and will present them at literary festivals, in back gardens and as part of a national celebration of Enid Blyton’s life and works at RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate. This will include a Famous Five themed picnic party on 11 August, what would have been Blyton’s 120th birthday.
Directed by Alexander Wright of The Flanagan Collective and Guild of Misrule and produced by Gobbledigook’s Phil Grainger, this duo have been making headlines with the recent production of The Great Gatsby, which will transfer to London’s West End this summer, directed by Wright and featuring Grainger in the cast. The pair are also teaming up to produce Robin Hood at Bolton Abbey after last year’s successful run of The Wind in the Willows.
Wright said, "Having grown up reading Enid Blyton it’s a real privilege to be working on a theatrical re-telling of her much loved stories. In the age of gaming and online entertainment there’s something magical about four children and a dog discovering adventure in the outdoors. We’ll focus on play and imagination whilst making the most of some enchanting outside settings."
Specialising in immersive theatre where the audience are an integral part of the action, The Famous Five promises to delight adults and children alike on a nostalgic trip around English countryside, smugglers’ coves and seaside dens.
Join Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy, bring a picnic with lashings of ginger beer for the some of the most memorable moments of The Famous Five.
Catch the opening week of The Famous Five previews At The Mill in Stillington, a magical garden location, from 26 – 30 April (7pm with weekend 2pm matinees). Tickets £8.50 - £12.50 available by CLICKING BELOW:Gobbledigook Theatre