“Anyone who’s in touch with their inner child will have fun!”
Things are getting a little bit Grimm here on Saturday 22 June as award-winning Box Tale Soup presents a magical medley of some of the Brothers Grimm’s best-loved fairy tales. But first, Noel Byrne, artistic director, took some time to answer a few of our questions…
What can we expect from Little Grimm Tales?
You can expect a lot of fun, great music, and the chance to make some noise and join in! The show features a completely original take on some favourite fairy tales, including Hansel & Grethel, The Elves & the Shoemaker, and The Frog Prince, along with stories you may never have heard before…
What was the inspiration behind the show?
We wanted to create a show for a younger audience and their families to really enjoy together, and Grimms’ Fairy Tales seemed like a great starting point. It’s really magical when you see adults and children watching and both are engaged, both smiling, both laughing. It’s great to be able to share that experience, and our other family shows have proved very popular, so we wanted to make something suitable for even younger audiences.
Who do you reckon will enjoy Little Grimm Tales?
It’s aimed at ages 3+ and their families, and that’s what it says in the brochure, but our preview performance was to an audience of 100 professional adults and they absolutely loved it! We really tried to ensure that the show can be enjoyed by children and their families, so that it’s not something the adults have to ‘sit through’, there’s enough to keep them entertained too. We hope that anyone who’s in touch with their inner child will have fun!
What is it about the fairy tales of The Brothers Grimm that has kept them so popular for so long?
These stories were collected from a wide range of sources, and many of them date back much further than the Grimms’ book. A lot of the stories are about things that are just as relevant today – survival, love, jealousy, conflict, hope – these are things that we’re still writing stories about, and you don’t have to look very far to see the influence of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales on a lot of current culture.
What is your favourite Brothers Grimm adaptation? Other than Little Grimm Tales of course!
Well in fact, we also have an adult adaptation called Great Grimm Tales! It features entirely different stories, and as you can imagine is a lot darker… We’re taking that show up to the Edinburgh Fringe this year, so I guess we’d have to say that was our other favourite! Aside from our own work though, a lot of the Disney adaptations are real classics. And the Shrek movies do a great job of having fun with a lot of different bits and pieces!
You can join the fairy tale adventure with Box Tale Soup’s Little Grimm Tales on Saturday 22 June at 11am and 2pm. Click here to book your tickets.
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