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Inclusive drama group brings story of fairytale chaos to Hornchurch’s Queen’s Theatre

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 March 2017

The Habbit Factory's latest show is Twice Upon a Time, to be performed at Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, from April 9-11

The Habbit Factory's latest show is Twice Upon a Time, to be performed at Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, from April 9-11

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A fairytale land thrown into chaos when its good-evil equilibrium is disturbed is the subject of an inclusive drama group’s latest show.

The Habbit Factory's latest show is Twice Upon a Time, to be performed at Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, from April 9-11 The Habbit Factory's latest show is Twice Upon a Time, to be performed at Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, from April 9-11

Inspired by themes suggested by members themselves, The Habbit Factory’s upcoming production Twice Upon a Time explores the perils which follow when the not-so-pleasant inhabitants of a fantasy land decide the time has come for them to be in the ascendency.

Youngsters of all abilities, aged between seven and 17, will take to the stage at Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, from April 9-11.

“The story is set in the land of ‘Not So Far Away’, with all evil fairytale creatures banished from the town centre because of their crimes,” artistic director Lee Giles told the Recorder.

“The magic ring of life and happiness is stolen and taken up the beanstalk. Will the good guys get the ring back, or will the bad guys get their happy ever after?”

The Habbit Factory's latest show is Twice Upon a Time, to be performed at Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, from April 9-11 The Habbit Factory's latest show is Twice Upon a Time, to be performed at Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, from April 9-11

The Habbit Factory’s shows are developed with the full involvement of the children, giving them the chance to really let their imaginations go wild.

“Our members give us ideas of things they like to do, for example, for this show they gave us fairytales, sword fighting, a beanstalk and the idea of good versus evil,” said Lee.

“Hannah [Salmon, assistant director and choreographer] and myself went away and wrote the script with the help of our other volunteers, known as the Blue T’s. We then presented it to our members for approval and they loved it.

“All our members are getting nervous and excited about the show with it being so close to the opening night, but they know with lots of teamwork they can get through it and have the best show The Habbit Factory has ever presented.”

The group is accessible to children of all backgrounds, with members paying just £2 a week. There are four locations to choose from, in Hornchurch, Harold Hill and Romford.

Hannah said: “The Habbit Factory is a UK-registered charity working with mixed-ability children, using performing arts as a medium to express themselves.

“This will be The Habbit Factory’s second full-scale show at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch.

“With such a huge success from Magic of the Musicals in 2016, we have tried to make Twice Upon a Time bigger and better, with 254 members taking part over three performances.

“The members have thoroughly enjoyed the rehearsal process, learning new dances, songs, sign language and scenes, and they have worked extremely hard to make this original performance a success. We are so proud and can’t wait to see the show come to life on stage.”

Twice Upon a Time will be performed at 7pm on April 9, 10 and 11. Tickets are £7 for concessions and £9 for others.

To book, visit queens-theatre.co.uk or call 01708 443333.

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