RETOLD – a fairytale festival without the happily ever after

Retold flierRETOLD is a night of three darkly comic, thought-provoking, contemporary renditions of traditional fairytales. It features three short plays by women writers, including a play by Claire Booker, whose plays have showcased at She Writes. The new show is presented by Goblin Baby Theatre Co., an emerging activist theatre collective not afraid to address taboos and set out to challenge the confines of conventional theatre.

‘Fairytales have always fascinated us and captivated audiences from young to old. Many themes are far beyond being just children’s stories and often the moral of the story can be quite sinister.

Some fairytales have origins reaching back thousands of years and over time they have constantly been changed and updated, showing how in their very core they deal with fundamental topics and issues of humanity and human nature.

Continuing the practice of adapting fairytales in order to expose and criticise stories of the contemporary world, RETOLD presents new, mature and provocative takes on three of them.’

 The plays featured are:

As if by a Stair by Amy Bethan Evans, directed by Tessa Hart
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your never-ending list of qualifications and work experience so that I may find it useful to me and rescue you from your childhood bedroom. That’s if I don’t go to one of the thousands of other maidens in your situation first. You get the picture.

The Snow White Complex by Tilly Lunken, directed by Kuba Drewa
Outside a cinema Rose, Sophie and Lilly wait for the next screening of Snow White. It’s not for a while; they are far too old for this really, and yet here they still are, by the door, clinging onto the twisted dregs of a fairytale.

Little Red Hoodie by Claire Booker, directed by Bradley Leech& Rebecca Hill
It’s dark, it stinks and it’s packed with victims. Can Hoodie, Gran and Aisha escape from the Wolf’s dark belly, or should they wait for the Woodcutter?

Aimed at an adult audience, although suitable for ages 12 and over.
You can see RETOLD at The Space from 14-18 January, and at The Hen and Chickens, from 28 Jan-1 Feb.

The Space, 269 Westferry Road, London E14 3RS
£9 (Concessions: £7)
Dates: Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th January 2014 at 7:30pm (Saturday matinée at 2.30pm)
Box Office: 0207 515 7799 –

The Hen & Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul’s Road, London N1 2NA
Dates: Tuesday 28th January to Saturday 1st February 2014 at 7pm
Box Office:

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1 Response to RETOLD – a fairytale festival without the happily ever after

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this with your followers, Sam. It makes a great evening of women-centred theatre. I’ve been asked to become one of the associate writers for Goblin Baby Theatre – a proud moment. Clairex

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