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Mr Stink

"Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…” 

This hilarious and heart warming adaptation of David Walliams’ award-winning children’s book is coming to the stage in Darwin.

It all starts with Chloe, just about the loneliest girl in the world, who has a mother consumed with running for parliament, and a father who is jobless and hiding out under the stairs. That’s when she befriends the local homeless man Mr Stink. Mr Stink is a classy bum who imparts wisdom and a good deal of methane gas.

Playwright Maryam Master says the first time she read the book, she laughed and cried projectile tears, and that the story is a winning combination of warmth, intrigue and humour. 

“I think it’s such a huge hit because young and old connect with the characters and relate to the themes, like what it means to be a true friend, and why we should never judge a book by it’s cover,” Master said.

Working to adapt the book to the stage with British comedian, TV star and now author Walliams was a pleasure according to Master. 

“He wasn’t precious about his words and was really open to new ideas that would help lift the story off the page and make it theatrical. He was keen that we use the medium as much as possible.”

Recommended for six to 12 year olds and their adults, Mr Stink has had rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. As one reviewer sums it up, “a play that has a long exaggerated burp as its most quotable line, and a fart as a remark, has got to be good, at least to every child that has ever lived and breathed.”

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