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Extra performance scheduled for sell-out family concert marking Roald Dahl 100 celebrations

20th Sep 2016 12:17
Extra performance scheduled for sell-out family concert marking Roald Dahl 100 celebrations


In association with Off the Shelf Festival of Words and part of the Family Arts Festival

Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Saturday 22 October 2016




Music in the Round has announced a second performance of Roald Dahl’s Cinderella & Dirty Beasts, to be performed in the Crucible Studio on Saturday 22 October, in response to popular demand.

The Sheffield-based classical music promoter is presenting the family concerts as part of the national Roald Dahl 100 celebrations, which include two different concerts and a family workshop, all in association with Off the Shelf Festival of Words.

The family concert (for children aged 5+) features three of Dahl’s hilarious poems from Dirty Beasts as well as his tongue-in-cheek interpretation of classic fairy-tale Cinderella. Both are narrated by Polly Ives, and set to live, contemporary classical music by Martin Butler and Rory Boyle, performed by Manchester Camerata Ensemble.

Off the Shelf are also running free Dahl-inspired craft workshops for children aged 5-9 on the same day in the Central Library. Led by craft practitioner Fiona Mannion, children can make a Cinderella crown or Dirty Beast mask. Workshops begin every half hour from 12.30-3pm and last 30 minutes. Tickets must be booked in advance.


Polly Ives, the narrator for Cinderella & Dirty Beasts, and a hugely popular part of so many of Music in the Round’s family concerts, will be giving her first Sheffield performance since the birth of her first child in June this year.

She said   "Join me and these scrumdiddlyumptious musicians for a phizz-whizzing concert of whoopsy-whiffling music!" 

For adults and older children (age 12+), there’ll also be a dahl-liciously dark evening reading of the author’s short story Edward the Conqueror*, perhaps already known by some for its appearance in the televised serial readings of Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected. The story includes accompanying music by Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Bach, performed in this concert by rising-star pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen.

Tickets for Music in the Round’s autumn season have been selling well across the board, with concerts from Angela Hewitt (4 October) and Roderick Williams (11 November) selling out just weeks after going on sale. Tickets for all other concerts can be purchased at or via Sheffield Theatres box office in person or by calling 0114 249 6000. 

Tickets for Music in the Round’s presentation of Roald Dahl’s Cinderella & Dirty Beasts cost £8 adults / £5 children. Tickets for the additional performance go on sale on Wednesday 21 September at 10am from Sheffield Theatres box office, by phone 0114 249 6000, in person and online at

To book for the Dahl-inspired craft workshops please call 0114 273 4400. 

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