Bafta-Award winning actor Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Doc Martin, Humans) is to bring Roald Dahl’s much-loved story The Big Friendly Giant (The BFG) to life, as she appears with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Saffron Hall on Sunday 21 February at 2pm and 4pm.
In this special FUNharmonics Family Concert marking the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth, The BFG has been adapted for performance by award-winning writer and Olivier nominee Hattie Naylor. Telling the story of the BFG and his sidekick Sophie as they plot to stop the giant Fleshlumpeater from gobbling up humans, Katherine Parkinson will appear as Sophie alongside the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Tim Redmond playing well-known music to support the action of Dahl’s tale.
Katherine Parkinson is an English actress best known for her role as Jen Barber in the Channel 4 comedy series The IT Crowd, for which she received a British Comedy Best TV Actress Award in 2009 and a BAFTA TV Award in 2014 (having received a nomination in 2011). She was also a main cast member of the series Doc Martin for three series, and performed the voiceovers for the games Worms Clan Wars and Worms Battlegrounds. In 2015 Parkinson starred in the BBC One TV comedy series The Kennedys, written by Emma Kennedy about growing up on a Stevenage New Town estate in the 1970s. She also co-starred as Laura Hawkins in the British-American science fiction series Humans broadcast on Channel 4 and AMC.