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Some junior fringers will get their stage debuts when Eden Ballantyne pulls them out of the audience and employs them as characters in his roughly 60-minute long, updated retelling of three of the Grimms' fairytales.
The most off the wall, and funniest, is Hansel and Gretel. The resourceful siblings are re-imagined as 30-something layabouts mooching off their parents (which is why they keep trying to lose the kids in the woods).
The storyteller from Leeds, England, is patient and fun-loving with the kids and keeps the show moving along. Even with updates that add a little girl-power, (Ballantyne suggests they are feminist retellings, they’re not really), the stories are familiar and kids are having a good time, onstage and off.
— Wendy King
From the Fringe program:
With Wolves, Witches and Goblins, the story unfolds as the audience is invited to become part of the drama.
The Brothers Grimm collected their classic tales over 200 years ago. Today, interactive storyteller Eden Ballantyne has reimagined them for a contemporary audience.
Maybe Little Red Riding Hood won't have to wait for the woodcutter to save her? There may be a house of gingerbread, but what else could be waiting in the woods?"
Fantastic ideas which engage both children and adults." - Royal Armouries
Show Length: 60 minutes
Suggested Audience: Kid Friendly
Fri, Jul 20, 2018 – 12:30 PM
Sat, Jul 21, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Sun, Jul 22, 2018 – 4:00 PM
Mon, Jul 23, 2018 – 3:30 PM
Tue, Jul 24, 2018 – 4:00 PM
Wed, Jul 25, 2018 – 12:45 PM
Thu, Jul 26, 2018 – 11:00 AM
Fri, Jul 27, 2018 – 5:30 PM
Sat, Jul 28, 2018 – 2:15 PM
Updated on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 1:38 PM CDT: adds review