James and the Giant Peach - Hurstpierpoint College

James and the Giant Peach

This year, a wonderful Year 7 cast performed their rendition of a well-known and loved classic, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach.

They transported the audience on an adventure through land, sea, and sky as James—a young orphan boy living with two mean Aunts—searches for a better life with help from some magic beans, a few creepy crawlies, and a whole lotta fruit! Wacky costumes and a magical set completed the picture, and our cast members threw themselves into character from beginning to end. A fantastic job all round—congratulations to the cast, Drama staff, and Theatre Production team for putting on such a wonderful show.

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Many will remember the stop motion animation version of this famous story, directed by Henry Selick. As a child I was ever so slightly traumatised by the way the clay sculptures came to life. So, for our version it was my mission to make it fun, bright and a memorable (in a good way!) experience for our cast and crew. They have worked incredibly hard to bring this story to life and have brought such enthusiasm and individuality to their characters. Ellis Knight, Director