The Girl with the Iron Claws

This article is from 2011.

The Girl with the Iron Claws

Dark fairy tale about a woman who falls in love with a bear

It’s hard to think of anywhere further from the electrified hustle of Edinburgh in August than a stove-lit yurt on Dartmoor in the depths of winter – and yet that’s where the seeds were sown in Hannah Mulder’s mind for her company The Wrong Crowd’s debut Fringe show, a dark adult fairy tale in the Beauty and the Beast mould.

On a storytelling weekend with the West Country School of Myth, she discovered this Nordic tale, which, unlike later versions sanitised by everyone from the Brothers Grimm to Walt Disney, is all about a young woman growing up on her own terms – and falling in love with a bear along the way.

Using physical theatre and a variety of puppets that are the realm of company co-director and acclaimed designer Rachael Canning, The Wrong Crowd aims to tell strong stories in visually engaging ways. ‘It’s about how to be wild, how to be disobedient,’ says Mulder, ‘how to not do what society expects of you or tells you to do, which I think are really good tales to be telling right now.’

Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, 6–28 Aug, 1.35pm, £8.50–£10 (£7.50–£9). Previews 4 & 5 Aug, £6.

The Girl With the Iron Claws

Nordic tale of a young girl who falls in love with a polar bear.

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