Enter a world of light and shadow, of darkness and deception. A helter-skelter journey into ghostly landscapes and feasts of sugar…
This touring production brings together the commissioned poetry of Simon Armitage in a new extended lyrical ‘libretto’ entwined with chamber music by Matthew Kaner, one of the most original composers of his generation. The Hansel and Gretel characters, originally created by artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins, have been reimagined and brought to life by three further artists as table-top puppetry, shadow-play and stop-motion animations. Kaner’s ensemble features an unusual dark-hued collective of viola, cello, cor anglais, clarinet and horn, supplemented by the eerie childhood sounds of toy pianos led by story-teller and soprano Adey Grummet. Hansel & Gretel delves deeply into the twisted themes of the original tale, creating an uneasy yet curiously familiar fairytale landscape where nothing is quite as it seems….
'It was the intimacy of tiny gestures offering expressive detail, in turn mirroring Kaner’s musical mood, that spoke volumes.' Guardian
Recommended age: 12+
The 65-minute production will be followed by The Making of Hansel & Gretel, a behind-the-scenes look at the art and artists who created the show, using film created by Pete Telfer (Culture Colony Vision). Presented by Goldfield Productions Artistic Director, Kate Romano.
Matthew Kaner music
Simon Armitage poetry
Clive Hicks-Jenkins direction & supervising designer
Caroline Clegg dramaturgy
Adey Grummet storyteller
Kate Romano (Goldfield Productions) producer
Production supported by:
£17; concessions £15; students £5