Red Riding Hood children's theatre show visits 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
New spin on an old yarn as classic fairytale is reinvented through puppetry, masks and video projection
This article is from 2014.
We all know the tale of the wee girl in the red cape, and the wolf with a penchant for dressing up. Or rather, we think we do. But as puppetry company Horse + Bamboo discovered, there’s more than one way to tell a classic.
‘It’s easy to think of traditional stories as always having the same outcome,’ says puppeteer, Jonny Quick. ‘But it was exciting to discover there are many versions of Red Riding Hood throughout Europe – and they’re all different.’
Liberated by this discovery, writer Alison Duddle has re-interpreted the tale, placing more emphasis on the relationship between Red and the Wolf.
‘We also wanted Red to go on a journey inside herself as well as into the woods,’ explains Quick. ‘Perhaps she doesn’t need a big strong Woodcutter to save the day – maybe Red could figure things out for herself this time.’
Known for its engaging use of masks, puppetry and video projection, Horse + Bamboo has won acclaim for finding alternative ways to communicate with an audience.
As Quick says: ‘We use text where it helps move the story on – but for us it’s not just how you tell a story with words, it’s also about what the audience can see, hear and feel.’
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 556 9579, 1–17 Aug (not 11), 1pm, £8.50 (£6.50). Preview 31 Jul, £7.50 (£5.50).