Dark and minimalist, this was not the ‘Hansel And Gretel’ I expected on the basis of the cheery picture of a gumdrop house in the Fringe Programme: with pale faced, hollow eyed actors and a sparse set, this was an altogether more grown up version of the classic fairy tale. It was certainly a visually interesting production, and the (male) witch’s performance was wonderfully weird, but the slow pace and slightly clunky scripting meant that it struggled to engage younger members of the age 4+ recommended audience. Whilst this is probably not one for the CBeebies demographic, ‘Hansel And Gretel’ could be a good introduction to more serious theatre for children who are getting a bit too old for pantomimes.
C, 1-27 Aug (not 14), 11.15am.
tw rating 3/5 | [Holly Close]