Here at Howdenshire Magazine we’re huge fans of the acclaimed children’s theatre company tutti frutti, having seen a number of their productions before.
We’re couldn’t wait to see their adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale Snow Queen, which is on at York Theatre Royal until 13 October and comes to Junction, Goole in November (see the listings guide in our latest issue for more information).
Kai and Gerda have been friends for as long as they can remember, until in a whirl of magic and deception, splinters of a magical broken mirror blow in the wind, freezing hearts and changing everything! As Kai is pulled under the spell of the powerful snow queen, Gerda sets off on a quest to save her friend and return life to normal. Can things ever be the same again?
Writer Mike Kenny sprinkles some tutti frutti magic over the winter tale of friendship, loyalty and the dangers of the unknown in a production that’s suitable for children aged three years and above, and their families Running time 1 hour.
Director Wendy Harris said: “It’s the perfect story to tell for an autumn and winter tour. The story goes through the seasons so we enjoy summer roses and the icy snow queen’s palace.
“With two central protagonists as children, both girls and boys get something from the story because, although it’s called Snow Queen, it’s really about Kai and Gerda and their friendship. It’s lovely for the girl to be the one who rescues the boy – for a change!”
Mike Kenny said: “Hans Christian Andersen was probably the first proper genius storyteller for children. It’s 200 years since he was writing but we still tell The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea and The Emperor’s New Clothes. They have entered the culture.
“I have worked with tutti frutti on a lot of plays over the years but maybe nothing quite this epic. At the heart of the story is a friendship. There’s something very moving about the boy who is so hurt that he closes off his feelings, and the girl who sets out to find him and through sheer force of will, melts that frozen heart. They both grow in the process.”
How to win:
One lucky Howdenshire Magazine reader will win a family ticket (for two adults and two children or one adult and three children) to see Snow Queen at Junction, Goole on Saturday 27 October at 2pm.
To enter, email your name, address and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday 22 October. After that date, a winner will be chosen at random and notified in advance of the performance.