Fairy tale enthusiasts coming to Brighton for the Fringe Festival won't be disappointed with the line up this year! I missed most of the festival in 2012 amidst the madness of moving house but still managed to attend one play, Birdy, which I reviewed here. I'm hoping to see a lot more this time round.
I've picked out the fairy tale themed productions and posted them below (Rumpelstiltskin seems especially popular...)
The Girl with No Heart
A stark, yet beautiful fable about the power of a child’s heart in a fragile paper world ravaged by war. Award-winning Sparkle and Dark present puppetry, music and shadowplay. “A beautifully staged drama… stunning” (The Stage), “A masterful production… Something that should be seen and never forgotten” ***** (EdfringeReview), “Ethereally beautiful puppetry… innocent and gorgeous, a must see” **** (BroadwayBaby).
The Girl with the Iron Claws
Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you’re in love with a bear.
Returning to Brighton Fringe is the critically-acclaimed, sell-out success from Edinburgh 2011, The Wrong Crowd’s captivating dark fairy-tale about a girl who dares to follow her longing. Stunning puppetry, enchanting music and deft humour combine in this dazzling coming-of-age tale.
“Theatrical magic” (The Guardian) ****.
For 8 years and over.
A Grimm Night for Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen gets an unexpected visit from the Brothers Grimm, who believe he has stolen their stories. Characters from Andersen and Grimm take the stage – often in unexpected ways. Wacky, colourful, larger than life fairy tale characters will entertain audiences of all ages. Watch the competition as they compete to tell the best story. A really funny show.
Kasper's Puppet Theatre: A Traditional Fairy Tale
Kasper's Puppet Theatre presents an enchanting fairytale for children, featuring authentic Hohnsteiner hand carved characters. Join our hero Kasper, as he takes his young audience through the enchanted forest in search of the King's missing dog in a race to save him from the clutches of the wicked robber. A great little show for children in the Bavarian tradition.
Grimm Tales and Fugee
A Vibrant retelling of the Brothers Grimms Tales with a physical theatre flair that adds a new layer of wonder. Fugee - Kojo is 14 but no one believes him; he's just one of the unaccompanied minors arriving in London, abandoned on the streets of the UK.
After the smash success of last year's 'Little Red', comes another quirky musical retelling of an old favourite. When a young miller's daughter foolishly lies, she quickly finds herself with only three days and the help of a penguin to save her from losing everything she loves. “Deliciously silly” (The Scotsman), “A brilliant silly romp” (Colwyn Bay Free Press).
Have you ever made a promise you couldn't keep? Have you ever told so many lies you're in too deep? Have you ever said you could spin straw into gold? What happens to the liar when the truth is told? Join us on a magical adventure of storytelling, puppetry and physical theatre as we journey through this timeless Grimms classic.