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Enter a world of light and shadow, of darkness and deception, a helter-skelter journey through ghostly horizons and feasts of sweetness.…

 

Goldfield Productions are proud to present their brand new touring production for 2018: a re-imagining of the famous tale, created by a stellar artistic team.  Through narration, song and chamber music, audiences can expect foreboding musical landscapes where string sonorities tug at the earth and glittering sugar-highs and poignant lyricism express the heartbreak of abandonment.

 

The words of Simon Armitage retell the famous story in an extended lyrical poem entwined with chamber music by composer Matthew Kaner, one of the most original voices of his generation.  With shadowplay and puppetry by renowned artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Hansel & Gretel presents an evocative collection of art-forms, drawing audiences into a uneasy yet curiously familiar landscape.

 

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.

(suitable for ages 12+)

Screen Shot 2018-03-30 at 18.58.00Touring dates (further information & ticket details to follow) 

  • Cheltenham Festival WORLD PREMIERE  – 7th July 2018 
  • Lichfield Festival ‘book at bedtime’ Lichfield Guildhall  – 13th July 2018
  • Lichfield Festival matinee Lichfield Guildhall  – 14th July 2018
  • Three Choirs Festival  – 29th July 2018
  • Oxford Contemporary Music  – 14th September 2018
  • Jack Lyons Concert Hall York – 3rd October 2018
  • Barbican Milton Court Concert Hall Schools Matinee – 12th October 2018
  • Barbican Milton Court Concert Hall – LONDON PREMIERE – 12th October 2018
  • Canterbury Festival  Colyer-Fergusson Concert Hall  – 21st October 2018
  • Bath Spa University  – Michael Tippett Centre – 24th October 2018
  • Broadway Theatre (Letchworth)  – 4th November 2018

 

Nearly two years in the planning, Hansel & Gretel was inspired by the visual creations of artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins. His compelling Hansel & Gretel characters had appeared as prints, in picture books and as a Toy Theatre for Pollocks Toy Shop. It seemed a natural development to bring these ideas to the stage and we were struck by the potential of using a well-known and much loved story framework to tell a darker, glittering Hansel & Gretel fairystory for the 21st century. Our Hansel & Gretel is a combination of the work of three exceptional and individual artists – poet Simon Armitage, visual artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins and composer Matthew Kaner  – whose imaginations and skills delve deeply into the twisted themes of the original tale, creating a unique, contemporary 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. Activities include story-making workshops, a pop up fairy-tale touring production for our youngest audiences, large scale bespoke community events and site-specific storytelling theatre productions for young people. All events and details will be listed on the Goldfield Productions website.

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