Andy Stanton was interviewed about his experience of writing the book and the lyrics and working closely with director, designer, composer and cast of Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear: The Musical! in The Bookseller.
Asked, “What do you think a stage production adds to a story?”
Andy said, “Tons of things! Just the physicality of the actors. It’s really joyful to see. It brings a shared vision—it’s not my play, it’s everyone’s play. The actors have interpreted my story but they devise little physical games that I never imagined. My favourite moment is when two people stand on stage and do almost nothing, in complete silence. You try your hardest to write a zippy script but then you get upstaged by two people swaying on a stage!”
This family show runs for the whole of the school holidays at The National Theatre. Tickets are on sale here. Hurry, the play ends on August 31st.