Roald Dahl's City of the Unexpected

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Roald Dahl's City of the Unexpected

Cardiff will be transformed this September to celebrate the centenary of one of its most well-known sons.

Visit Cardiff over the weekend of 17-18 September 2016 and you might find things aren't quite as you expected.

Celebrating the centenary of one of its most well-known sons, Roald Dahl, the city will be taken over and transformed into a place where the laws of physics and civic predictability give way to the laws of magic, mischief and the unexpected.

Roald Dahl's City of the Unexpected will see the whole city humming with whispers of Roald Dahl; on street corners and from rooftops, in markets and cafés, on lamp posts and even on your mobile phone. Some of his best-loved stories will be told in the unlikeliest of places by well-known fans.

And YOU can be part of it.

Wales Millennium Centre and National Theatre Wales are calling out to the people of Cardiff, Wales and Britain to take part. Whoever you are whatever you do, there’s a role for you!

They're seeking 6000 performers for this landmark celebration, needing 2,000 choristers, 1,000 dancers, 50 Morris Minor drivers, 40 bald men, 13 magicians, four brass bands, three excavator drivers, a Spitfire pilot, firemen, circus artists, aerialists, rock climbers, grandparents, children and a performing mouse.

Director Nigel Jamieson, one of the world’s leading theatre and large-scale event directors, said "Roald Dahl's imagination has touched the most extraordinary number of people around the world. For generations, he has been part of our bed times, our childhoods, and the development of our imaginations. It is thus fitting that the weekend celebrating his birth in Cardiff will involve one of the most ambitious mobilisations of a city's inhabitants ever attempted, together transforming it into a place that will unlock the child in everyone and create a city of wonder and surprise."

To take part in this two-day spectacular, visit and register your interest.

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