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Little Red Hiding Hood

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A devised retelling of the classic fairytale, featuring movement, new writing and original music

"Fabulously twisted production ... brings new meaning to one of the best-known fairy tales around."
**** Three Weeks

C Cubed Edinburgh Fringe, 16th - 28th August 2006
Varndean School Sussex, Educational Workshops, 7 and 14 of June 2006
Sussex University Drama Studio, 8-10 March 2006

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Three Weeks
If you go down to the woods today, you're in for a big surprise! This fabulously twisted production reworks the classic 'Little Red Riding Hood' into a contemporary and varied piece of theatre. Actors and characters are shared and swapped throughout, with the four performers taking it in turns to narrate. There is even an original score and some nifty bits of dance and physical theatre to support the main action of the piece. Peppered with some truly disturbing moments, this show admittedly may not go down well with die-hard fans of the original story, however, this is an intelligent and varied piece that manages to bring new meaning and possibility to one of the best-known fairy tales around.

British Theatre Guide:
In this dark take on the well-loved fairy tale, The Boy Who Cried Theatre Company take the audience on a journey off the beaten path in a semi-physical theatre interpretation of Red Riding Hood's doomed visit to granny's cottage.

This production has some fine ideas, including a forest of women chopped down by the gallant wood-cutter (was this intended as mysogynistically as it seemed?), some neat, fluid role-swapping and excellent a capella vocal pieces. The ensemble performance works well, and shows this young company to be an audacious talent with strong original ideas about performance and the boldness required to pull them off. Given this, the actors could have been more sure of themselves, but this is nothing more experience won't cure. The Boy Who Cried may be young, but they show a skill for story-telling beyond their years which experience can only improve.

Louise Hill

The Making of Little Red Riding Hood

The project was conceived by Artistic Director Leah Townley, who saw an opportunity for development in this apparently simple tale.

She began by reading The Trial and Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood (ed. Jack Zipes). This is a fantastic book, containing different versions of the story from the Middle Ages through to the 1980s, alongside images and thorough analysis. She chose the most inspiring elements and passed them on to a handpicked cast.

The work was done collaboratively as a company, with Leah guiding the cast in creating their own version of the tale. Each of the cast members brought a specific talent and way of thinking to the creative and energetic working environment. As time progressed, Leah handed more control over to the cast, who improvised and devised the scenes before scripting them.

The result is an exciting mix of new and innovative ideas with old, as well as movement, song and new writing. All of this is tied together with lighting and an original score composed specifically for the show.

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