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Muddy Previews Holes

A new stage adaptation of Louis Sachar’s award-winning ‘90s YA hit novel Holes, that will enthrall both kids and adults.

Holes is a gripping, heart-warming new stage adaptation of Louis Sachar’s multi-award-winning 1998 YA novel and Disney blockbuster starring Shia LaBoeuf, Patricia Arquette and Jon Voight.

I’d never read the book or seen the film, being, ahem, a little older than its teenage target audience when both came out. But when I asked both my tweenie daughters about it, they lit up having studied it recently at school. They are now fighting it out to be my plus 1 when I review next month (maybe the winner can write the review!)

Adapted for the stage by Sachar and directed by the Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse Adam Penford, Holes tells the story of Stanley Yelnats (played by James Backway) who finds himself blighted by a curse on his family and punished for a crime he didn’t commit. Stanley is sent to Camp Green Lake, where the delinquent inmates are made to dig holes in the desert each day, supposedly in a bid to strengthen their character. But all is not as it seems, as Stanley “digs a little deeper”  and soon unearths the dark truth about Camp Green Lake.

With the action of the play slipping between past and present, we are invited to see a picture of an America blighted by a history of racism and misogyny, and a generation striving to transcend the follies of their forebears as our heroes in orange jumpsuits, Stanley and his cohorts Zero, Armpit, X-Ray and Magnet, overcome the repetitive and destructive tropes of the past and, quite literally, stop digging those endless, pointless holes.

Currently on tour which means some of my Muddy colleagues down South have already reviewed and tell me it’s a heavy story with a lighthearted touch that makes it utterly inspiring, tragic, moving and hilarious. The perfect night out for any budding Greta Thunbergs out there, mums wanting to do something cool with their kids and, well, anyone with a sense of humour and a social conscience.

I looking forward to reviewing next month when it comes to Norwich Theatre Royal, Wed 15th – Sat 18th April. =

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