The Incredible Book Eating Boy - five-minute show for one adult and one child

This article is from 2011.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy - five-minute show for one adult and one child

Oliver Jeffers’ book-munching tale comes to life in tiny Pleasance venue

In The Incredible Book Eating Boy, by award-winning children’s author Oliver Jeffers, a little boy called Henry gobbles up books like chocolate. At this year’s Fringe, Bootworks Theatre will stage an adaptation of this quirky but touching story in their unique Black Box. Each five-minute performance admits one adult and a child at a time, who sit in the Black Box as the performance unfolds around them through small windows.

‘The perfect thing about the book,’ says co-director James Baker, ‘is that it fits the entire story of a boy’s insatiable hunger for books, through triumphs and failings, in the space of 32 beautifully illustrated pages. We’ve borrowed plenty from the book and visual style, but we’ve also used a healthy amount of artistic license in making sure the piece works on its own terms, using live performers, masks, objects, puppetry and back projection.’

The show will take place in Henry’s Room, a new Pleasance Courtyard venue, every six minutes throughout the day. And adults aren’t obliged to bring a young companion either. ‘Anyone who likes a good story and theatre done in an original and engaging way is welcome,’ says Baker. ‘We are doing 810 shows – there’ll be plenty of tickets.’

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 6–29 Aug (not 16), 10.20am-2.14pm (show every six minutes), £4. Previews until 5 Aug, £3.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

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