The world premiere of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny is coming to The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe next week before it heads into the West End.
Birmingham Stage company are bringing the show to the Baths Hall for three days, from Monday, November 16 to Wednesday, November 18.
It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny.
There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be really boring.
But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could possibly imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny.
“It’s a huge thrill seeing Gangsta Granny about to have this whole new life on the stage,” said David Walliams.
“There is lots of action in Gangsta Granny, especially when they try to steal the Crown Jewels.
“The challenge will be bringing those scenes to life.”
“As well as Granny herself and Ben I like the characters of Ben’s mum and dad.
“They have an obsession with ballroom dancing which should be funny so I can’t wait to see them live on stage.
“The great thing about seeing Gangsta Granny in the theatre is you will get to share it with an audience.
“So hopefully you will laugh and cry along with everyone else.
“That’s what makes theatre so special.”
David Walliams is well known for his various television roles, notably in the bit BBC comedies Little Britain and The High Life, as well as being a judge on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.
He has written eight children’s novels and says the inspiration for Gangsta Granny came from his own childhood memories.
“When I was a child I would spend lots of time with my grandmas,” he continued.
“Sometimes I would selfishly think spending time with them could be boring but when I got them on a subject like living in London during World War II when bombs were raining down, they would become very animated and I would be enthralled.
“I realised everyone has a story to tell.”
Walliams cites Roald Dahl and Dr Seuss as literary inspirations but while children are smart, he also has to remember who he is writing for.
“The only limitation in a children’s book is your imagination,” he said.
“You can take children on magical journeys in books that many adults would be reluctant to go on.
“Children love to be scared but it can’t be too horrifying.
“Children love to laugh but it can’t be too rude.
“You always have to be the right side of the line.”
And as well as being entertaining, Gangsta Granny has a life message too.
“The moral of the story is don’t assume old people are boring just because they are old,” he said.
““In fact, they are likely to have had a much more interesting life than yours.
“Talk to old folk, listen to their stories, they are bound to be full of magic and wonder.”
“I think grandparents love being grandparents because they get to give the children back to the parents.
“Children love spending time with their grandparents because they love hearing their stories and being allowed to stay up past their bedtime.
Performances are at 1.30pm and 7pm on all three days.
Tickets priced £16 (£12 under-16s) are available now from the box office on 0844 8542776 or online at www.bathshall.co.uk