These are our most "theatrical" shows and are the ones which we tour to theatres and schools. They are one man shows but involve large sets, lots of puppets and props and have original soundtracks by composer Martin Thornton. These shows have been criticially acclaimed by venue managers and reviewers (at Edinburgh Festivals) and we are now only touring the four shows depicted, on a rolling four year schedule, between September and March.
Rapunzel & the Tower of Doom
Tangles? Split Ends? Frizzy? Flyaway? It’s bad enough having a bad hair day but pity poor Rapunzel spending her life in a tower with some strange woman using her captive’s locks as a step ladder! What sort of damage is that going to do to your hair? Theatre of Widdershins have taken this traditional tale right back to its roots, teased out the tangles and styled it into a beautifully coiffured hair piece! This enchanting show promises plenty of body, volume and loads of highlights. Make an appointment to see the show today – because you’re worth it!!!
Suitable for everyone aged 4 and up.
"Meticulous and imaginative design... wonderfully grotesque... cleverly conceived and beautifully realised. He had the rapt audience squealing with delights" (**** THE SCOTSMAN)
The Gingerbread Man & A Pot Full of Magic
“You can’t catch me, You’re much too slow!
I like to run wherever I go”
Can YOU catch that slippery little biscuit, the Gingerbread Man? You’ll need a big bowl of porridge first to keep your energy up. Don’t worry if you haven’t had yours this morning, Granny Grinpickle’s Magic Porridge Pot has made enough for everyone!!
These two tasty tales which you know so well are served with unexpected spices and quirky flavours, along with Widdershins’ trademark ingredients of puppets, pop-up sets and original music. Perfect fare for fussy foodies and discerning diners. Bon Appetit!
"If there's one thing you quickly learn at a Theatre of Widdershins show, it's that nothing is at is seems. One of the chief delights is wondering what Andy will transform next. There's no age restriction on finding wonderment in transformation" (***** THE LIST)
Rumpelstiltskin & The Wheel of Fortune
Poor Polly Buckwheat, the Miller’s daughter, is in a bit of a pickle! If she doesn’t turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning, the greedy King will turn a bit nasty. But should she accept the kind help of an eccentric dwarf who mysteriously appears in her prison cell?
Of all the fairytale characters, Rumpelstiltskin has got to be the most mixed up. He is helpful yet demanding; secretive yet nosy; short yet owning a name as long as his beard. Not surprisingly, this story of transformation will make you laugh and gasp at the same time!
Using its trademark puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets, Widdershins aims to create gold on stage with this new version of the Grimm’s classic tale.
"...another finely crafted piece of children's theatre. The puppets are, by turns, wizened, wicked and wide eyed... Told with traditional, cracking, old fashioned storytelling panache... the kids loved it!"
(**** THE HERALD)
The Elves & The Shoemaker
Shooooooooooooooes ....! Ah, new shoes .... Delightful on the feet. Soft, dancing shoes; swarthy pirate shoes; silver buckle and silken soles. No one makes shoes like an elf.
This well known and well loved tale - made popular by the Ladybird Classic - has been re-heeled by Theatre of Widdershins in their own inimitable style. Beautifully crafted set and puppets, sublime music, a kaleidoscope of miniature shoes and a comic mouse all make this show a magical must-see.
Suitable for everyone aged 3+.
"The set alone has you charmed... beautifully crafted puppets... truly magical" (***** THE LIST)
"This is a truly magical production... beautifully crafted performance with great variety and charm - a festival highlight" (PRIMARY TIMES)