Hansel & Gretel
This unique touring production by Goldfield Productions 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 voices of his generation. The Hansel and Gretel characters originally created by Hicks-Jenkins have been reimagined and brought to life under his direction by three further outstanding artists: a puppet-maker, a model-maker and a paper-cutter.
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 the remarkable 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….
Hansel & Gretel outreach focusses on the themes of home and homelessness and the power of storytelling.
The 65-minute performance will be followed by The Making of Hansel & Gretel, a behind-the-scenes look at the creators and performers of the show using film and presented by artistic director Kate Romano