A BRIGHT new production of Hans C. Andersen’s magical tale The Snow Queen brings Penistone playwright director Natasha Holmes back to familiar territory tomorrow.
Visual theatre company Tell Tale Hearts open the co-production at Barnsley Civic Theatre with Natasha promising it will be very different.
“Tell Tale specialise in making intimate, participatory theatre experiences for young children and their families,” she says of the Huddersfield-based company which called upon the minds of local children.
“The creation process makes this a very different offer to other versions.
“Researching and developing ideas with primary school children ensures there is a child-centred focus.
“The retelling of the story from the perspective of the sprites enables the audience to get more imaginatively involved.
“This production will be anything but pedestrian.”
Seating the audience in the icy and transformational world of the story, the adaptation will enable some audience members to race on sledges, become spring flowers, and help defeat the wicked Snow Queen.
“The story of Gerda’s epic search for Kai takes the audience to several wonderful locations; A pollen-tripping floral garden, an eastern palace of dreams and the robbers ‘bling’ den.
“All of these places offer an opportunity to invite willing audience members to become a prince and princess as well as keep their belongings safe from the magpie eyes of the robbers and add a few extra ingredients into the Lap lady’s cooking pot.”
The Snow Queen runs until next Friday.