Snow White and Rose Red
10th December 2015
Let’s begin by clearing up any potential confusion between this tale and the other one, also featuring a character called Snow White. In this there is no wicked stepmother nor poisoned apples nor a band of Hi-Ho-ing dwarfs.
In this tale, Snow & Rose are sisters living in Bluebell Cottage, they enjoy playing conkers, tumbling and playacting – all the things you would expect of ten-year-old girls. Except they are twenty-eight! Their one true love is reading and lo and behold one day they discover a book that they had never seen before. In this book is the story of… No, that would give away the plot.
Next thing you know, there is a knock at the door and the frightened girls – sorry, women – are confronted by a bear, called… well, Bear! Once over their shock they actually get to quite like Bear, his taste in Earl Grey tea and his fondness for saying “Predilection”.
But when the snow begins to fall Bear realises that he must leave and go on a journey to the Icy Hills of Smallfolk to meet someone for… well, in truth, he’s not quite sure what for. Along the way he must pass Hunger Cave, the Putrid Pools of Blood Lake and the Burning Pits of Dreadmoor – a journey far too dangerous for the girls – doh, women – to make.
Naturally, being cool young modern women they do follow but separately. Along the way they encounter Grahame – the wicked, ungrateful very small man, with the very long beard. Naturally, as befits a family Christmas tale, there is daring do and a happy ending – though with a very modern twist.
Throughout, the show is narrated by the Snow Angel played by Becky Wilkie. She keeps everyone on script with a wonderfully understated delivery and a serene, knowing smile. Ed Wren as the Very Small Man ( who in fact is not very small at all) puts heart and soul into his portrayal of the “not really that evil” baddie. Helen Goalen (Snow White) and Abbi Greenland (Rose Red) are totally believable as sisters who cavort about the stage yet breathlessly deliver their songs and lines. And then there is Tom Penn (Bear) – his song sung atop the mountain was captivating, but my abiding memory of his performance will be of him dressed as a bear playing the drums!
Let us not forget the Fairy Helper played by Laura Page (her day job is that of Stage Manager). As you are going to need to move things about on a stage, instead of having a shy stagehand sneaking on and off, what better way to achieve the same thing than by having a bouncing, lively Fairy Helper do it as part of the show?
This is a superb piece of original theatre, performed by a group of multi-talented actors. It is fast, fresh, flawless and physical – and amazing to think that this is RashDash’s first ever family show. Cambridge Junction are to be commended for commissioning and co-producing this work.
Snow White and Rose Red plays until 31st December at Cambridge Junction, you can book tickets here.
Images courtesy Cambridge Junction © Lina and Tom
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