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REVIEW: Scottish Ballet’s Wee Hansel and Gretel – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Scottish Ballet present “a wee version of a big ballet”, a perfectly distilled version of their family favourite Hansel and Gretel, specifically aimed at children aged three to eight.

A dangerous (well, mildly perilous but age-appropriate) adventure into the deep dark wood with the inquisitive siblings – Wee Hansel and Gretel faithfully follows the traditional tale: there’s the worrisome witch, her mysterious raven companion, the magic forest and the enchanted gingerbread house.

The addition of a narrator (James Siggens) who presents a rhyming introduction to set the scene and explanation of the unfolding action, is a neat touch. He engages the audience from curtain up with a whole heap of audience participation, including magically controlling the lights, much to the amazement of the tiny theatre-goers.

Set to the music of Engelbert Humperdinck, recorded by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, the production includes students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The tutu-clad trio provide the traditional costumes expected by the mini-ballet buffs, though these three tutus on stage are vastly outnumbered by the gloriously clad audience who are decked in their best ballet finery for the occasion. In the role of Hansel, Constant Vigier is, as always, a safe pair of ballet slippers and his Gretel, Alice Kawalek is a star in waiting.

This 50-minute tiny treasure of a production is small, but absolutely perfectly formed. The run time is ideal, the storytelling judiciously edited to fit in everything it needs to shine. It captures and keeps the attention for the entirety of the performance and provides a satisfying morning’s or afternoon’s entertainment for adults and children alike. More of this please!

The tour continues until October :  Glasgow tomorrow (Sunday 14 July) 

For complete touring dates and venues visit: scottishballet.co.uk/event/wee-hansel-gretel

Images: Rimbaud Patron


FEATURE: Scottish Ballet faces in focus with M∙A∙C

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Today’s mini post is an insight into the makeup design for Scottish Ballet’s Hansel and Gretel.

Helping to bring the magical beings of Hansel and Gretel to life is make-up sponsor M∙A∙C who have worked with costume designer Gary Harris to create the fantastical looks of each character.

“I loved Gary Harris’ designs, it was clear that make-up would play an important part in his vision” explains M∙A∙C Senior Make-Up Artist Caroline Donnelly, “with so many characters and some dancers performing more than one role, my challenge was to create looks that could be adapted easily, quickly and still look incredible.  I’ve created special M∙A∙C face charts (like paint-by-numbers for the face) and will be teaching the dancers how to recreate these looks themselves for each performance.”

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Hansel and Gretel is touring Scotland throughout January then visits Newcastle and Belfast. Details below:

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Tue 10 Dec – Sat 28 Dec 2013
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EDINBURGH  – Festival Theatre
Wed 8 Jan – Sat 11 Jan 2014
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ABERDEEN  – His Majesty’s Theatre
Wed 15 Jan – Sat 18 Jan 2014
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INVERNESS  – Eden Court
Wed 22 Jan – Sat 25 Jan 2014
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NEWCASTLE – Theatre Royal
Wed 29 Jan – Sat 1 Feb 2014
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BELFAST – Royal Opera House
Wed 5 Feb – Sat 8 Feb 2014
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