Hi Ho! Not so Grimm as Snow White gets a reboot

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Hi Ho! Snow White has been reinvented with the original Grimm fairytale getting a modern makeover at Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre this Christmas.

Tell Tale Hearts and Pif-Paf have come up with a very Yorkshire take on the classic fairy tale.

Rebooted by Natasha Holmes and Eleanor Hooper the critically acclaimed theatre groups have dug deep for a new-style story.

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A lonely child with an eye for adventure. A scorned stepmother. A magical mirror. A brass band of musical miners…

This playful and vividly inventive twist on the Brothers Grimm fairytale is set amid Yorkshire’s striking landscape.

A pit wheel is transformed by a brass band of magical miners, becoming a spinning stage for the scorned stepmother – singing diva Mystique Stardust- as well as the miner’s home, Snowy’s stable and a perilous chase across the moors.

The miners, The Coalface Crocodiles, set the story in motion in a quest to discover how to free their beloved Snow White from Mystique’s magical mirror.

Cast is Francesca Dunford, Eleanor Hooper, Conrad Bird, James McLean, Peter Gunson and Sophie Postlethwaite.

Tell Tale Heart’s artistic director Natasha Holmes said about the new production: “We are passionate about putting children at the heart of what we do.

“We want to reach all children whether that be in schools, nurseries, theatres, community venues or the outdoors without compromising on the quality of the experience.

“Pif-Paf are one of the most pioneering and exciting companies on the outdoor theatre circuit at the moment. We are fans of their poetic and maverick theatrical style and have been brewing this collaboration for three years.

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“Snow White is the perfect story to bring our shared strengths together.

“We’ll be weaving aerial feats into a Yorkshire moors chase and introducing a brass playing band of ex-miners, with earthy charm, to rescue Snow White from the dangerous jealousy of her singing diva stepmother, Mystique Stardust!

“It is a story for our times as our plucky heroine, Snow White, with the love and courage of her friends, is able to find herself and overcome the corrupting forces of fame and envy.

“In our version Snow White is not encased in a crystal coffin but trapped in her stepmother’s magic mirror, caught in a maze of reflections.

“Working with Pif-Paf has given us a fantastic transformational structure from which we can weave aerial feats, live music and shadow puppetry in a truly thrilling experience for all the family that will keep you guessing right to the end!’

Snow White plays at the Lawrence Batley Theatre from December 11-27.

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