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Reimagining of classic fairy tale comes to Hornchurch theatre

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 March 2015

Dycorts School pupils Harley Frakes, seven, Jacqueline Fosu,  11, Trinity Brown, seven, and Ellie Tear, 11, with actors from the Queen's Theatre production of Little Red Riding Hood

Dycorts School pupils Harley Frakes, seven, Jacqueline Fosu, 11, Trinity Brown, seven, and Ellie Tear, 11, with actors from the Queen's Theatre production of Little Red Riding Hood

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A classic fairy tale which has captured the imagination of children for generations has been given a new spin to entertain youngsters this Easter.

Queen’s Theatre is staging a new production of Little Red Riding Hood, complete with music, puppets and props.

After touring schools and community centres for two weeks, it is now coming to the theatre for five performances.

Director Patrick O’Sullivan, education and outreach manager at Queen’s, said: “Fairy tales have stood the test of time and I think a big thing is to reimagine them for the modern audience; breathe new life into them.”

The show is written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Kenny and performed by Cut to the Chase, the theatre’s professional resident company of actor-musicians.

It tells the story of a young brother and sister staying at their grandmother’s house for the night, who decide to peek inside a mysterious wardrobe.

As they explore what is inside, they begin acting out their favourite fairy tale using all the objects around them.

Patrick said: “It’s lots of fun. There are original songs in it, and puppetry, so it’s quite exciting.

“The children who have seen it so far have really enjoyed it.

“They are really honest and will tell you if it’s good or not.

“Children’s first experiences with theatre are probably the most important ones, because if they have a positive experience they will want to go again.”

Little Red Riding Hood is the venue’s Theatre for Young Minds production for 2015.

Among the schoolchildren who have been entertained by the show are pupils at Dycorts School, in Settle Road, Harold Hill.

Teacher Frankie McGrath said: “I thought it was absolutely fantastic and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it.

“It was different to what we expected because there were just two actors, but they were really good in switching their roles.

“Being a special needs school, the children can sometimes find these things hard to understand, but it was made it very clear.

“They loved it.”

Little Red Riding Hood will be staged at 2pm on Tuesday and 10am and 2pm on Wednesday and Thursday.

Tickets cost £6.50 and workshops £6.

Call 01708 443333 or visit queens-theatre.co.uk. For school enquiries, call 01708 462373.


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