The first night of the theatre season at the ADC for us and we went to see a late night production of The Way Through the Woods, by ‘The Story Teller‘. It’s a dark telling of Snow White (and the three dwarves). Good and fair review from Cambridge TAB and I agree with the comments about the narrator. Katie Alcock (the Witch) was super and powerful in her part, she carried this off with conviction. I enjoyed the mirror, with the writhing figures in silhouette and great vocals from Chigozie Nri and Hannah Walker: I don’t know how the vocals were done, but the effect was spine chilling! The dwarves were great: the hobbit-esque outfits and TweedleDum-and-TweedleDeee-inspired dialogue were great fun. I had more problems with Will O Wisp. CJ Donnelly was fun and exuberant, but too farcical for me and over the top. The singing was in general dire—singing a funeral dirge on stage probably takes a good singing voice and the cast looked rather dejected and uncomfortable as they tried their best.
Finally, lots of praise for the orchestra, who were on stage. The score was great, and it was enjoyable to see them highlight the action and taking part in the drama. I’d like to see more of this sort of theatre.
We were there on the opening night, and hopefully the cast’s confidence increased later in the week. Great stuff, lots that could have been improved, but a really good show and exciting to see such experimental and fresh theatre.
From the ADC Web Site:
The Story Tellers presents, The Way Through the Woods, Written by Paul Cooper, composed by Ed Bell
When a bed-time story becomes unnervingly real, a young boy is drawn into a world where nothing is as it seems. Hunted by a witch and her maniacal master, he is forced to make his way in a land where children do not long survive. In the forest, a young girl flees from her evil stepmother—but are her rescuers any less treacherous?
Combining new writing and live music, The Way Through the Woods is the story of Snow White as you’ve never seen it before. With a specially composed score and a twisted take on familiar characters, this is a devilishly dark retelling of a classic fairytale.
Join our Storyteller as he summons a story fit for the coldest winter’s night. When two worlds come together, who will survive? Just how happy an ending can we expect? And how many will find The Way Through the Woods…?