The Twits by Roald Dahl

With very naughty characters and even more mischievous plotlines, there is a reason Roald Dahl is one of the best-loved children’s writers. They don't come much naughtier than The Twits, with their visually revolting appearance, smelly beards and loud belches. In this energetic stage adaption by David Wood, Incognito Theatre Company present the story of Mr and Mrs Twit who live in a grotty caravan and persistently attempt to outwit each other by playing nasty and increasingly frenzied tricks. An idea occurs to Mr Twit that he could earn a living by training monkeys to perform upside down in his very own circus. This incites a journey to Africa to capture the Muggle-wump monkey family and the story follows their attempts, with the help of Roly Poly Bird, to escape the despicable Twits.

The actors’ ability to work intuitively together, coupled with their enthusiasm, really brought this performance to life. Filled with caricature type characters, comedy timing and slapstick humour, this production retained the key elements of theatre, whilst engaging its target audience, children. Participation is central to this adaptation, something that definitely appealed to younger members of the audience. The inventive use of props was used to maximum effect and contributed to the audience participation, with the children asked every so often to look under their chair for certain items. With appropriate farcical music such as The Pink Panther and Benny Hill, these cartoonish incidentals built upon the Twits’ loopy behaviour.

This short and sweet production is ultimately very enjoyable and is highly recommended for all pre-teen children. The bright costumes, use of props, talking animal characters and ugly baddies appeal to kids and is a great way to introduce them to the diversity of theatre on offer at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Reviews by Emma Steedman

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

The Blurb

Mr and Mrs Twit are extremely smelly, nasty and cruel! The Muggle-Wump monkeys and the Roly-Poly bird hatch a plan to give them just the come-uppance they deserve! A show packed with laughter, surprises and smelly beards!

Most Popular See More

The Mousetrap

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Dear Evan Hansen

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Grease the Musical

From £20.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Come From Away

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Wicked

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Back to the Future - The Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets