Comedian, writer, actor and TV host Alan Brough’s side-splitting book Charlie and the War Against the Grannies will be brought to life on stage in a world premiere at Arts Centre Melbourne from 28 March – 5 April, 2020. Commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne, Charlie and the War Against the Grannies is the first large-scale work to be commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne as part of the Families and Children program for the Playhouse stage.

Writer and star Alan Brough (Spicks and Specks) teams up with musician/composer Kit Warhurst (Rocket Science) and director/co-writer Sarah Kriegler (Lemony S Puppet Theatre ) to present a rampaging musical comedy for children featuring shadow puppetry, live music and three really stinky farts.

Charlie and the War Against the Grannies is the story of constantly anxious 12-year-old Charlie Duncan who only ever wanted a simple paper round. Instead he uncovers a league of evil grannies plotting to set up a ‘Granny State’, where everyone will be forced to wear brown cardigans, go to bed early and there will be NO CHILDREN! The stakes are high and it’s up to Charlie and his adventurous best friend Hils to go to war with the fiendish grannies and stop them taking over the world.

The production will be presented as part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s year-round Families and Children Program. Launched in August 2009, it has grown in reputation to become a highly respected program nationally and internationally. Featuring intimate and large-scale theatre from some of the world’s most respected companies and a diverse range of interactive workshops, the program is robust and growing in size, scale and scope.

March 28 – April 5, 2020

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