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REVIEWS: Fuel for the imagination; JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH Crescent Theatre, Birmingham.

Byline: JOHN SLIM

THIS fanciful and happy tale, quite lacking in the unpleasantness that is in other Roald Da hl offerings that I have seen, enraptured its youthful audience from the word Go.

It is the story of how James travels across the Atlantic in an outsize peach that he shares with a grasshopper, a centipede, a ladybird, a spider and a worm, outwitting sharks and putting the spider's silken threads to work to enable seagulls to tow his unlikely craft over the ocean.

What is particularly pleasing is the way that Mark Thompson's production encourages children to use their imagination. It does not spoonfeed them with unremitting efforts to make successive situations readily believable, whether they are meeting a not-so-scary octopus or those snarly sharks.

The show runs until January 26.

VERDICT: *****
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Date:Jan 18, 2008
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