Revolting Rhymes

Revolting Rhymes, foto: Miha Fras
The poetic text of the great writer for children and young people Roald Dahl, Revolting Rhymes, is actually deprived of any classical dramatic structure. In his funny verse, bravourously re-created by Milan Dekleva, he recapitulates once again some stories from the treasure trove of the most known fairy tales. Thus we learn once again, only in a somewhat different manner, what happened to the Little Red Riding Hood, what is the truth about the Snow White, who are the heroes from The Three Little Pigs and more, and more… These freshly retold fairy tales, known by heart by the children of all generations, are mostly such as they should be, but …
They are actually Dahl’s most interesting, playful and funny additions to classic fairy tales. The Little Red Riding Hood, who carries the basket to her grandmother, really runs into the wolf, but… But the Little Red Riding Hood is not to be sneezed at either, as she stands up to defend herself in a quite imaginative and surprising manner. Therefore the message conveyed by the fairy tale is slightly different as well. Is it more interesting? Is it more dynamic? Maybe even more modern? One way or another, it is wittier and funnier. Dahl is not tiring us with happy endings, but rather chooses to amaze us time and again with his elusive imagination. The performance surprises its viewers with funny scenic solutions thus presenting the well-known fairy tales in a new, still unknown guise that is endlessly amusing and dynamic. And it certainly makes us think as well!

  • Before you see the performance, take a day or two. First read some classical fairy tales: The Three Little Pigs, The Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk.

  • Before you take the children to the theatre, inform them about the book Revolting Rhymes, so that they are able to compare the classical stories with Dahl's verses – and thus find out that they are in fact no less »juicy« then the original ones.

  • We usually say that in his Revolting Rhymes Roald Dahl actually updated the famous fairy tales. Name the modern objects he added to his amazing recreation of the classical fairy tales.

  • Dahl claims that Cinderella's masters have dressed her in kitsch. What does he mean by that? When do we say that something is »kitschy«?

  • Are the heroes in his fairy tales behaving more like they were from modern times? Which of them and why?

  • Why do you think Roald Dahl entitled his fairy tales as Revolting Rhymes?


Witty and morbid verses, in which Roald Dahl turns the famous fairy tales upside down, are framed within this production of Revolting Rhymes into an attractive musical and theatre omnibus. The tales about the Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Little Pigs come to life on a visually refined stage where most outstanding, in addition to acting and singing,are its accomplished costumes.The staging, which is full of amusing scenes,provides at the same time some clear cues for further discussion about the topsy-turvy-ed and updated fairy tales and their not always quite exemplary heroes.

PREMIERE: February 2015, Šentjakob Stage LGL
Director: Vinko Möderndorfer
Author: Roald Dahl