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Horla Theatre Presents:
Dates: November 25th - December 21st 2003
Adapted & directed by Alistair Green
Musical director Vanessa Lucas-Smith
Design by Tracy Waller
Lighting by Ben Pickersgill
Fiona Aldridge, Ruth Connelly, Catherine Guy, Chris Hampson, Victoria Hayes, Rebecca Naylor, Victoria Park, Thomas Power Becky Wright.
Horla presents a pre-Christmas show to chill and to thrill. The Greenwich Playhouse will be transformed into a magical world where you will find all manner of strange characters and objects that have a story to tell. There are two tales from Russia: about the infamous 'Baba-Yaga' and a bride-stealing Vampire. From Italy we follow a young man on a journey for the land where no-one ever dies and, due to the unfortunate death of the dwarfs, comes Horla's own 'Snow White & The Seven Puppets'.
With a cast of ten the show is brought to life using mime, physical theatre, dance, live music and puppetry. Where else can find twenty stories packed into one evening?!
“ … wonderfully evocative music … a pleasingly varied collection of stories to gently chill the spines and tickle the funny bones of older children and adults alike.”
" ... the evening has a sustained macabre vision that will cause shivers of delight among adults and older children, as well as a cheeky undercutting humour ... this is one of those theatrical occasions where the pleasure the cast take in their work is immediately conveyed to the audience. The ensemble's playing style is immensely attractive, giving the experience a wholesome nastiness that is rather nice. "
“ … tight ensemble playing … the cast, crucially, has an infectious good humour … For intimate and joyous Christmas theatre, Grimms is all you need.”
" ... full of vampires and wicked witches, and carrying a fairly equal balance of happy and horrible endings … mime, maskwork, ironic gags and plenty of running around and shrieking. And quite right, too … laughs win out over screams most of the time."
"Grimms 2003, the sequel to the last year's hugely successful Grimms II, is an alternative seasonal feast in the form of addictive, slightly scary grown-up fairy tales, expertly told by versatile actors, musicians and puppeteers .... irresistibly charming."
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“Right from the word go, it's a wonderful spectacle, full of energy, pace and wholeheartedly entertaining. The writing is witty, the cast are uniformly impressive, the music's glorious, and the set, fittingly decorated with pretty white fairy lights, looks the business too. Magical entertainment to brighten up these dark winter nights. Very highly recommended.”
"While pantomime throws in occasional asides to appease long-suffering adults, this fabulous fairytale feast appeals primarily to grown-ups needing an antidote to the Christmas season ... it could equally set a fashion in postmodern, minimalist theatre."