Enter a world of light and shadow, of darkness and deception, a helter-skelter journey through ghostly horizons and feasts of sweetness.…

Goldfield Productions are proud to present their brand new critically acclaimed touring production for 2018: a re-imagining of the famous tale, created by a stellar artistic team.  Through narration, song and chamber music, audiences can expect foreboding musical landscapes where string sonorities tug at the earth and glittering sugar-highs and poignant lyricism express the heartbreak of abandonment.

The words of Simon Armitage retell the famous story in an extended lyrical poem entwined with chamber music by composer Matthew Kaner, one of the most original voices of his generation. With shadowplay and puppetry by renowned artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Hansel & Gretel presents an evocative collection of art-forms, drawing audiences into a uneasy yet curiously familiar landscape.

Kaner’s ensemble features an unusual dark-hued collective of viola, cello, cor anglais, clarinet and horn, supplemented by the eerie childhood sounds of toy pianos led by the remarkable story-teller and soprano Adey Grummet. 

(suitable for ages 12+)
Tickets £16 (£12) including booking fee
Doors open at 19:30. Show starts at 20:00.

Matthew Kaner: music
An increasingly well-known voice in new music, Matthew was the BBC Radio 3
Embedded Composer for 2016. His fresh, sensitive and highly individual style has
won him wide critical acclaim and the RPS Composition Prize.

Simon Armitage: words
One of the UK’s best known and most popular living poets with over 35 publications,
Simon was recently elected as Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.

Clive Hicks-Jenkins: art
Clive is a highly successful visual artist with a unique background in theatre, puppetry
and choreography. His paintings are exhibited nationally and his art-work for The
Soldiers Tale is currently touring world-wide.

Caroline Clegg : dramaturgy
Caroline is a director for Welsh National Opera and has run the innovative sitespecific
theatre company Feelgood Theatre for 22 years.

Jan Zalud : puppets
Jan is a craftsman, an internationally renowned maker of automata and marionettes.
He collaborates with the Little Angel Theatre company and his work has been
exhibited around the word.

Phil Cooper : models
Phil is an artist whole miniature model worlds in glass bottles help shape the Hansel &
Gretel visual landscape.