Hansel & Gretel

"The children were up on their knees, mouths agape, intent on the action on stage and there’s no question that the audience, children and grown-ups alike, were captivated.

A beautifully sparkly and dreamy puppet-bird, a witch reimagined as a ‘fairy godmother’ in white and a cosy, bunting covered gingerbread house in the woods all create a far more palatable, and less gruesome, fairy tale which ends just just the way you’d like it to.

A uniquely and gently reimagined production of Hansel and Gretel."

Weston-Super-Mum review

Photography: Tanya Hazell

'Hansel & Gretel' was devised between October/November 2017. The show was commissioned by BS13 Theatre Company and part-funded by Dundry View Wellbeing Fund.

A re-imagining of the traditional tale told with music and puppetry.

Living close by a forest, Hansel & Gretel are typical children. Often hungry, always wanting to play, colouring in their simple lives with vivid imaginations. The forest is their play-ground and their friend.

But when they wake up alone in the forest at midnight, things feel very different . . . the witch. Of course, the witch. But not all witches seek to harm.


Forest Lullaby: LISTEN HERE

Composed by Gill Simmons, sung by Gill Simmons, Paul Lawless and Joshua Phillips.

audience reviews

"All of it was amazing!"

Child, aged 8

"I liked being able to hold the pebbles and touch the bird."

Child, aged 4

"I love the idea of having plays in the library. The performance was superb, I loved it! The actors did very well and the singer, what a lovely voice! Congratulations!"


"I love how simple and authentic it was. You have made a wonderful ending to this story. Love the finish!"


Whilst we had no frights in our show, we were telling a story of two children who are left unaccompanied to find their own way to safety. We were very aware that for many children this is a reality, not a story.

Therefore, we sold hand-made heart badges at our performances and raised £117.10 for the charity
Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol.

Thank you to our audiences for their generosity.

Tour Dates

The Bikeshed Theatre, Exeter

21st & 22nd January 2018

Clifton Library, Bristol

14th January 2018

Redcatch Community Centre, Bristol

7th January 2018

St Peter’s Primary, Bristol

6th January 2018

The Space Theatre, Keynsham

17th December 2017

Victoria Hall, Radstock

12th December 2017

Knowle West Children’s Centre

7th December

Zion Community Arts Space

3rd - 6th 4th December 2017