Nit Boy presented by BANG! Academy of Performing Arts at Byron Theatre
Much loved children’s author Tristan Bancks cleverly uses fond memories of NITS in his hilarious book Nit Boy, a story about a kid called Lewis who has the worst case of nits in world history. Lewis has thousands of nits. His teachers and mum want to shave his head but Lewis has had nits so long that he’s kind of attached to them. He sees them as his pets.
A chance discussion between Tristan and Bangalow local Anouska Gammon from BANG! Academy of Performing Arts has led to the exciting development of a theatre production of Nit Boy hitting the stage in Byron in October.
Tristan shares his thought on this production – ‘In the time since I wrote Nit Boy nits have become no less popular. Kids still seem to love them, so it’s pretty exciting to me to have my words on a page come to life in the form of giant nits on a stage. I’ve met the cast and I love Anouska’s creative vision and energy. I’m so happy to be collaborating with her again. I only wish this opportunity was open to me in my town when I was a keen kid actor.’
Anouska describes – “Working alongside Tristan last year with ‘Two Wolves’ was such a buzz! His characters and action-packed style of story telling work really well for live performance, so I was eager to adapt another. Nit Boy will be entirely different however, as it’s a comedy and will be played by a cast of kids aged 7-16. When I was reading the novel Nit Boy, I was immediately visualising a space and characters within in it. I could imagine the action, and the humour was tangible. It was such a treat! And really as a mum of three children, I have experienced my fair share of headlice. The book had me scratching and itching, while laughing out loud. An effect I’m hoping to replicate for our audience members!“
The production of Nit Boy is proudly engaging a local costume designer, author, director, producer, and an all child cast with over 20 actors (local school children) aged from 7 through to 15 years old.
The combination of this inspiring local author and the creative passion of Anouska will undoubtedly be hilariously funny and nit-wittingly contagious, this stage adaption is sure to entertain all ages and hair types!
Showing during the school holidays at 10am and 1pm on Oct 3rd, 4th 5th at Byron Theatre
Tickets available at https://byroncentre.com.au/event/nit-boy-presented-by-bang-academy-of-performing-arts/