I love what I do. Last night I got to spend an hilarious two hours with the cast of David Walliams’ story ‘Billionaire Boy’ and a theatre full of excited children (who I must add were very well behaved).
I have not read the book so did not know what to expect. However, Walliams is such a great children’s author that I knew I was in for a treat.
The story is about Joe Spud (Matthew Gordon) whose dad (Jason Furnival) used to work in a toilet roll factory. Dad came up with a great idea for a new product; toilet roll which is moist on one side and dry on the other which he called BumFresh. Dad became a billionaire on this product but you could tell from the start that Joe was not happy he had everything he could desire. All he wanted was his dad’s time and a best friend (apparently being known as BumFresh Boy and being mercilessly teased was taking its toll). Cue lots of bottom, poo and fart jokes for the evening. Adults, don’t worry as some of the humour went over the kids heads, and the adults in the audience were in stitches.
The story follows Joe from posh school to local comp and trying to remain anonymous. His trials and fall outs with his new best mate Bob (Davy Bell) and eventually his happy (and financially poor) conclusion.
This was a cast of nine superb actors playing a multitude of parts. They were so good that as each new part came on stage, it took a few moments to realise it was only a small cast. The costumes were fun, added to the characters personalities and I am still amazed at how quickly the actors changed.
The set. Well as you would expect from a story built around toilet rolls, the set was made up to look like them. Lots of loo rolls in packing cases and boxes which cleverly opened up to reveal props and scenery. It was very very cleverly designed.
I love a bit of singing and dancing In a show and Billionaire Boy has this too. Nice catchy tunes and great dancing from the cast.
If you are an adult, grab a nearby child and take them to see this production or just go without them. It’s colourful, funny and you will have a great time. Oh and apparently BumFresh toilet roll is available in the foyer although I did give it a miss and you will realise why in the show. Enjoy.