Now here is an exhibition with a difference – The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl – at the South Bank Centre in London. If you think you have seen it all before, then you are wrong. If you have been to an exhibition about Roald Dahl before…. I can almost guarantee you that it was nothing like this. Also, if your kids are BIG READERS, they may LOVE these Origami Bookmark ideas!! So many designs to choose from.
This brought Roald Dahl TO LIFE. This was an inspiration to everyone that visits…..
If you are fan of Roald Dahl or if your kids are “learning about” or “doing” Roald Dahl at school, this exhibition is well worth a visit and probably the most fun some “boring old letters and photographs” (sorry!) will get.
So what is so different and so exciting abut The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl ? Well, this is a journey through Roald Dahl’s live. You begin in a small group of about 20 people with a guide to talk and take you there. Then you enter the curtain…
You are led through a series of rooms, containing information and documents about Roald Dahl – from his home town, to his school, to his RAF days and onwards. Each room really bring the spirit and essence of Roald Dahl to life. And each room telling us about key life events that made their way into fabulous aspects of Dahl’s writing.
Did you know that Roald Dahl was SO impressed with a glass elevator in the Rockefeller Centre New York?
Did you know that he use to get to taste and rate chocolate from the local chocolate factor once when was at school (how exciting is “blind chocolate tasting” for a child of any age, let alone one in the 1930s?)?
Did you know that Roald Dahl cared so much about the illustrations of his characters, that he sent Quentin Blake his very own sandal and said “this, is the sandal that he BFG must wear”?
… and lots lots more to learn and find out!
There were so many tid bits of information that make you see Roald Dahl as a person, who loved story telling and entertaining people. The exhibition is interactive at every stage – from school desks that you can rummage through, to a creepy dark forest, to a squishy giant peach and a dressing up area… it touches on all aspects of his life (I didn’t realise he was such a tall man and that he was “rubbish” at school) as well as his most famous stories – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Fantastic Mr Fox, Mathilda, the BFG and many more.
A delightful and original way to learn about this wonderful author that has captured so many children’s hearts over the years and an absolute MUST for all Roald Dahl Fans!!!!
I love that it aims to inspire all visitors to use their imagination, to find things in their own lives and create wonderful and amazing stories of their own.
And we are sent off with these parting words….
Those that don’t believe in magic will never find it….
The exhibition is at the South Bank Centre in London. It is suitable for 7yrs+ . I would say it is advisable to book tickets in advance.
The talk takes approximately 55mins.
Disclaimer: we were invited along to see the show, many thanks to the South Bank Centre for having us.