Preview by Paul Nelson
THIS year, horla presents a feast of fairy folk and folk tales
from around the world to chill and thrill Grimms III at
the Greenwich Playhouse.
Adapted AND Directed by Alistair Green, with musical direction
by Vanessa Lucas-Smith, Design by Tracy Waller, Lighting by Ben
The Greenwich Playhouse will be transformed into a magical world
where you will find all manner of strange characters that have
a story to tell.
There are two tales, from Russia, about the infamous 'Baba-Yaga'
and a bride-stealing Vampire. From Italy, you follow a young man
on a journey for the land where one never 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, dance,
live music and puppetry. Where else can find over a dozen stories
packed into one evening? Perfect family entertainment for a cold
This is a transfer of Horla's original production of GRIMMS,
which played at the Rose and Crown Theatre in December 2000.
The cast includes Fiona Aldridge, Ruth Connelly, Catherine Guy,
Rebecca Naylor, Elizabeth Park, Thomas Power, Becky Wright, Chris
Hampson and Victoria Hayes.
Adapted and directed by Alistair Green, whose work includes:
A Doll's House, GRIMMS II, Sleepless
Nights, Hamlet, and The Stratagem & Other Stories.
Vanessa Lucas-Smith, who graduated from the Royal Northern College
of Music in 2001, during her college years worked with the Halle
Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Opera North and is now a regular
freelancer with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She
was solo cellist in the Olivier Award-winning, Humble Boy,
at the National Theatre and then at the Gielgud Theatre.
This will be Horla's first production since the closure in August
of the Rose and Crown Theatre where it had been the resident company
for the past three and a half years.
Performance Times: November 25 until December 21 (Tuesday
- Saturday at 7.45pm, Sunday at 4pm). Tickets: £10, £7
(concs), Family Ticket for 4: £30
Greenwich Playhouse, Greenwich Station Forecourt, 189 Greenwich
High Road, London SE10. Tickets 020 8858 9256.