Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Directed by Oliver James Hymans
Written by Roald Dahl, Play Adaptation by Richard R. George
Performed at The Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, 2004
A unique visual and musical interpretation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale of Charlie Bucket’s adventure into the weird and wacky world of Willy Wonka’s chocolate-making factory.
The sold-out and critically acclaimed production was performed by a cast of 16 students from Nottingham’s award-winning ‘New Theatre’ society, together with a live band playing an original score composed by the company.
This was Oliver’s first major production in a professional theatre and allowed him to develop and explore his visual performance style. Oliver’s direction involved a physical theatre approach, where the stage design was stripped bare of large scenic pieces, in favour creating the visual elements of the factory and Wonka’s wondrous land using the performers’ bodies, expression and voices.