Pemads stages ‘James and the Giant Peach’

2016-09-07 06:00
Gemma Bisseker (left) as James and Louise Daniels as Ladybird in the James and the Giant Peach production at Pemads Little Theatre.                      Photo: SUPPLIED

Gemma Bisseker (left) as James and Louise Daniels as Ladybird in the James and the Giant Peach production at Pemads Little Theatre. Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE Rother Swain Drama Studio has been at it for 25 years and will be bringing another performance to life, this time of James and the Giant Peach.

The 2016 adventure began in earnest at the end of July and some 110 youngsters are involved in the two casts of the show.

In 1991, Sharon Rother and Linda-Louise Swain decided to combine forces and their learners performed in their first production of Miranda and the Magic Sponge.

Some 25 years later, there are mothers who were in that production whose own little ones are in the current James and the Giant Peach.

“ ‘You taught my Mom’ is a common phrase now, but when it hits ‘You taught my Gran’, perhaps that is when we will need to entertain the very idea of semi-retirement,” said Rother and Swain.

In the early years, they managed to fit in two or three productions a year, tons of National Arts Festivals, a couple of overseas tours and a performance at the Edinburgh Festival.

All this while both are also active on-stage and as directorial members of local dramatic societies in their spare time.

The production of James and the Giant Peach promises some fun, wacky stuff in true Rother-Swain style and some delightful little ones will be treading the boards for the very first time.

In the lead role of James are two of the studio’s most experienced youngsters, Gemma Bisseker and Dana Barclay.

They punctuate their role with great enthusiasm as they journey on the peach and meet delightful characters such as sharks, cloudmen, Earthworm, Silkworm, Grasshopper, Ladybird and the like in this Roald Dahl classic, adapted from the book.

And in another Rother-Swain characteristic, each and every little one gets their moment in the spotlight.

The fun and games will begin on September 8 until September 11 at the Pemads Little Theatre.

Performances on the 8th and 9th will begin at 3.30pm and 7pm, and at 11am and 3pm on the 10th and 11th.

Tickets are available at R75 each and bookings can be made through

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