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26 June 2016

Feathers are set to fly as Roald Dahl tale is brought to life

Work of the ‘world’s number one storyteller’ to be performed at Duff House, marking one hundred years on since Dahl’s birth

Danny the Champion of the World at Duff House

Duff House is to take centre stage and provide the backdrop for an open-air production of Danny the Champion of the World.

Helping celebrate one hundred years on since Roald Dahl’s birth, on the evening of Thursday 30th June the Illyria Theatre Company will bring his much-loved 1975 children’s book to life and re-tell this story of adventure, mischief and feathered birds.

Adapted for the stage by David Wood, this outdoor performance will see the audience follow the tale of Danny and his dad, William, on their adventure. The story takes them from their caravan into the pheasant-filled woods owned by the greedy and wealthy character, Mr Hazell. Feathers are sure to fly as Danny and his dad come up with a daring plan to outwit and embarrass Mr Hazell and become champions at pheasant catching and of the world.

Graeme Curran, Manager at Duff House, which is managed by Historic Environment Scotland, said: “Duff House is the perfect setting for this outdoor re-telling of one of Dahl’s best known works.

Popular with children and adults alike, Danny the Champion of the World promises to be an evening filled with adventure and mischief.

“It’s also made doubly special that we welcome this performance during a year that celebrates Roald Dahl and his stories.”

Danny the Champion of the World takes place on Thursday 30th June at Duff House. Doors open at 5.45pm, and the show runs from 6.30-8.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults, £10 for concessions and £8 for children (aged 5-15 years old). Family tickets, admitting two adults and two children, are available and are priced at £35.

A 10% discount is available for members. Tickets purchased online are subject to a small additional booking fee.

This production is suitable for ages five years and above and has a total run time of two hours and includes a 20 minute interval.

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