Grimms' Fairy Tales

Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel. Stories most everyone knows well. ETB Productions gamely tells the audience all three with some somewhat exciting physicality to create the various spaces evoked. The performances are relatively uneven, with the lead (Snow White/Red Riding Hood) and Dwarfs (one skillful performer for the lot) being quite captivating, otherwise, it feels as if the cast is telling each other the story rather than the audience. Visually, the banality flows from the simple black rehearsal togs the entire cast (save Snow White) don, with only a few flourishes of props and hands to evoke anything. Yes, the show is completely serviceable and has a great deal in truth in advertising. But if the audience is going to pay a tenner, try to show them something they didn’t know about Grimm’s Tales.

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The Blurb

Once upon a time, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Hansel and Gretel were lost in a forest. Surrounded by eccentric characters, talking mirrors and enticing treats, each must struggle to find their own happy ending. www.etb-productions.com

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