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From pygmies to puppets: what to do with Roald Dahl's enslaved Oompa-Loompas in modern adaptations?

By Kate Cantrell, Lecturer in Writing, Editing, and Publishing, University of Southern Queensland
David Burton, Lecturer, Theatre, University of Southern Queensland
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The fraught history of the Oompa-Loompas captures the irresolvable tension at the heart of children’s literature and theatre: it is impossible to separate these stories from the ideological fabric of our world.


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