Storytelling is theatre in its simplest form. The Unicorn theatre has already given us a very enjoyable reading of Roald Dahl’s deliciously nasty The Twits online and now it turns its attention to Philip Pullman’s retelling of wonder tales. There’s the familiar Cinderella (read by Cecilia Noble) and Hansel and Gretel (read by Nadia Albina) and the less familiar including Colin Morgan reading The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs and Andy Umerah reading The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers. If I had to pick favourites, I’d go for Susan Wokoma reading The Brave Little Tailor and Le Gateau Chocolat having fun with Rumpelstiltskin. These bite sized Grimms remind of the power of straightforward storytelling, and the underscoring by composer and sound designer Jon McLeod adds an edge to the stories that can both scare and yet, strangely, can comfort too.
Enter a perilous world of murderous step-mothers, devious Kings and fearless children… Adapted by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials), we’re thrilled to present a deliciously gruesome selection of six theatrical readings from Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales, re-told for the whole family by an extraordinary cast. Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales are classic fairy tales, distilled from centuries of storytelling, timeworn but honed for the next generation to discover anew. This collection of readings, combining classic favourites with new discoveries, takes us to the very heart of imagination and speaks of the things it finds there - fear, courage, compassion and wonder. Filmed at the Unicorn and aimed at ages 8 - 12 (School Years 4 - 7), these short, vivid new readings will be on our YouTube channel, for free, from 5 October 2020 - 21 February 2021.