Danny the Champion of the World

Danny the Champion of the World


10/01/2020 - 17/01/2020    
12:00 am


Perform Australia
11 Whyalla Street, Fyshwick, ACT, 2609

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This summer, Honest Puck Theatre presents the Roald Dahl classic, Danny The Champion Of The World, with a father-and-son duo in the leading roles.

Season: 10-17 January, 2019 Tickets on sale now through www.honestpuck.com.au – Adults $30, Children $15 Venue: Perform Australia Theatre, 11 Whyalla St, Fyshwick

CONTACT: Elizabeth Scott, Producer, Honest Puck Theatre – 0403 014 576 / [email protected]

James Scott, the artistic director of Honest Puck and long-time member of Canberra’s theatre scene (and ex Breakfast presenter on 1WAY FM), will play ‘Dad’ while his son, Leo Scott, will make his professional debut in the role of ‘Danny’.

“We are thrilled to be working together as a team,” James said. “Leo shows a lot of promise as a young performer and is itching to get onto the stage in Danny The Champion Of The World.”
The play, adapted for the stage by David Wood, is based on the novel of the same name. It tells the story of Danny and his dad, William, who live in a gypsy caravan behind the service station they own.

One night, Danny wakes to find his father isn’t home, only to discover his dad’s been poaching pheasants from a nearby landowner, the nasty Victor Hazell. Trouble ensues when his dad has an accident while out hunting.

With a bundle of lovable characters, from the vicar’s wife, Mrs Clipstone, to local medico Doc Spencer, and members of the local constabulary, Danny The Champion of the World explores who are the real “goodies” and “baddies” when poverty and injustice are involved.

“It’s the biggest role I’ve had to play, apart from performances in school,” said Leo.

Leo recently completed Year 7 with an innovative program at local drama school Perform Australia, called the Thrive Program, which involves a combination of distance education and intensive daily study of performing arts at the campus in Fyshwick.

“What I like about playing Danny is that he’s sincere and has strong convictions,” Leo said.

“But he also doesn’t want to miss out on anything his dad is doing, and he’ll do anything for his father – including driving a car when he’s really too young!”

James Scott is also directing the play, leading a team of fine local actors, including some regular performers with Honest Puck – Brendan Kelly, Katherine Berry and Monica Engels.

“This show is perfect summer fun for families,” said James.

“Guaranteed laughs, great storytelling, and a wonderful way to encourage children to read the book after the show, if they haven’t already,” he said.



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