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Danny the Champion of the World

Nine year old Danny lives happily in a gypsy caravan with his father but his world is turned upside-down when he learns that his father poaches pheasants from the estate of the nasty, greedy Victor Hazell.

  • Full Length Play
  • Adaptations (Literature), Drama
  • 75 minutes

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Target Audience: Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Children (Age 6 - 10)
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set / Multiple Settings
  • Cautions: No Special Cautions

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre
Nine-year-old Danny lives happily in a gypsy caravan with his father but his world is turned upside-down when he learns that his father poaches pheasants from the estate of the nasty, greedy Victor Hazell.

One night his father doesn't return from a poaching run and Danny fears the worst. Danny sets off on a courageous journey to find his father and with a little help from the village soon finds himself masterminding the most incredible and exciting plot ever attempted against Victor Hazell.

REVIEWS:

"David Wood's ingenious adaptation... the rapture shown by Dad and Danny when they succeed is lovely to behold."

The London Times

"As fine a piece of theatre for young people as one could hope to see... moving, uplifting, funny and fast-moving... captures the spirit of Dahl's work in a highly persuasive and heartwarming manner."

Theatre-Wales.co.uk

"...theatrical colour, real emotional depth and good old-fashioned fun... watching an audience of young people respond positively to a piece of live theatre is always a joy."

South Wales Evening Post

"...a fine celebration of one of out finest storytellers... justice is triumphant in the end, and we are left with the warm glow that the master of storytellers intended."

South Wales Argus

Premiere Production: Commissioned by the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, Danny The Champion Of The World was first performed there for Christmas 2004-5. From September 2007 the Sherman Theatre production was toured by the Birmingham Stage Company, including a Christmas season at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London.
  • Casting: 6M, 2F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Cross gender casting, Room for Extras
  • Casting Notes: DR. SPENCER, GAMEKEEPER 2, THE HEAD TEACHER and a SHOOTING PARTY GUEST can be played by a female actor.

DAD (WILLIAM)
GAMEKEEPER 1 (RABBETTS)
GAMEKEEPER 2
GAMEKEEPER 3
DANNY - aged 10
CHARLIE KINCH - the latxi driver
MRS. CLIPSTONE - the vicar's wife
SERGENT SAMWAYS - the village policeman, proud owner of a winatge Baby Austin
MR. HAZELL - the local landowner
DR. SPENCER
COUNCIL INSPECTOR
HEAD TEACHER
SCHOOL TEACHER (MR. JACKSON)
SHOOTING PARTY
TWO AMBULANCE MEN

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Danny the Champion of the World Script Order Now

Nine year old Danny lives happily in a gypsy caravan with his father but his world is turned upside-down when he learns that his father poaches pheasants from the estate of the nasty, greedy Victor Hazell.

One night his father doesn't return from a poaching run and Danny fears the worst. Danny sets off on a courageous journey to find his father and with a little help from the village soon finds himself masterminding the most incredible and exciting plot ever attempted against Victor Hazell.


"David Wood's ingenious adaptation...the rapture shown by Dad and Danny when they succeed is lovely to behold." - The London Times

"As fine a piece of theatre for young people as one could hope to see... Moving, uplifting, funny and fast-moving... captures the spirit of Dahl's work in a highly persuasive and heartwarming manner." - Theatre-Wales.co.uk

Comission by the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, Danny The Champion of the World was first performed there for Christmas 2004-5. From September 2007 the Sherman Theatre production was toured by the Birmingham Stage Company, including a Christmas season at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London.

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