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ⓘ Gangsta Granny is a British childrens comedy fiction book, written by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross and published by HarperCollins. Ben, a boy, hates ..




Gangsta Granny
                                     

ⓘ Gangsta Granny

Gangsta Granny is a British childrens comedy fiction book, written by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross and published by HarperCollins.

Ben, a boy, hates having to stay with his Granny every Friday because his parents go to see a dancing show named "Strictly Stars Dancing". He finds it boring and repetitive as his Granny always feeds him cabbage-related dishes, most commonly cabbage soup and cabbage chocolate, and they are constantly playing Scrabble, plus her television hasnt been working since the 1990s. Ben loves plumbing and is a long-term subscriber to the magazine Plumbing Weekly, which he buys every week from Rajs news-agency. Bens parents disapprove of him being a plumber, as their ambition for their only child was to be a professional ballet dancer like the one they used to watch every Friday.

One day, Ben calls his parents at Grannys house and asks them to take him home. Mum and Dad ignore Ben and disapprove of the proposal. Granny somehow overhears the conversation due to the indistinct sound made by Ben while he was talking. The next morning, his Granny seems somewhat upset and disappointed thinking that her grandson doesnt love her.

That same morning, Ben is served boiled eggs by Granny, which Ben doesnt like and he flicks the runny egg gloop onto the window; But as he was hungry he starts searching for something to eat; with some pocket left luck, he finds a box of chocolate biscuits. To his surprise, the tin feels much heavier than usual. Ben unscrews the lid and finds many diamonds, rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings clustered together in the tin. Ben hears Granny approaching and quickly puts the tin back and sits back down at the table completely shocked! He goes home and now cant wait to see his grandma again to find out about these jewels. But when his dad rings granny up, granny says shes too busy that evening to have Ben sleep over.

                                     

1. Theatre adaptation

The book has also been adapted into a 130-minute theatre performance by the Birmingham Stage Company. It toured the United Kingdom until July 2017. It then became a play at the Garrick Theatre in the West End from 26 July to 3 September 2017.

                                     

2. Ride adaptation

On the 21st of March 2020 Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire, England will open David Walliams World, with the main theme of the area being focused on the Gangsta Granny book, the area will also feature a one of a kind Gangsta Granny Ride, where guests will embark on a crown jewels tour which is then sabotaged by ben and granny who persuade the guests to join them on a heist of a lifetime to steal the crown jewels, the ride is based on the book, it does not follow the exact story line.

Cast
  • Umar Malik as Raj
  • Gilly Tompkins as Granny
  • Laura Girling as Mum
  • Alison Fitzjohn as Matron
  • Aaron Thirara as Male Understudy
  • Louise Bailey as Queen/Female Understudy
  • Ashley Cousins as Ben
  • Richard James as Doctor
  • Ben Martin as Dad