Hansel & Gretel
Photography: Tanya Hazell
"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."
'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.
"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.
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
Zion Community Arts Space
3rd - 6th 4th December 2017