Fringe preview: Cinder-Ella
Krazy Kat Theatre explore the popular fairytale using puppets, music and sign language
This article is from 2015.
Created by Krazy Kat Theatre Company, Cinder-Ella is told by a put-upon Grandad who recreates his favourite fairytale using his grandchildren’s toys. Solo performer and artistic director, Kinny Gardner chose the story of Cinderella for its universal appeal. ‘It's in every culture all over the globe,’ he says, ‘it’s been used for operas, pantomimes, and now it’s bursting out of a pram.'
Aimed at children aged 3–7 and their families, the show uses music by Rossini as well as elements of clowning, variety and music hall to create what Gardner describes as ‘a fun, fast, family show with sign language and storytelling, bristling with puppets, music and silliness.’
The inclusion of sign language is central to the company's ethos. Krazy Kat is the only British children’s theatre company to use sign language in every performance. Rather than a third party signing on the fringes of the stage, Gardner signs as he performs, aiding deaf and hearing audience members in their understanding of the story.
‘The company’s work promotes access to the arts for members of the deaf and disabled community and champions the value of sign language to the hearing,’ says Gardner. ‘We take our shows directly into community venues, celebrating diversity and being silly.’
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 8–23 Aug (not 12, 17), 10am, £7–£7.50 (£6–£6.50). Previews 5–7 Aug, £5