Final Performance – Photographs

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Performance Elements – The Duck

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Performance Elements – The Witches House

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Performance Elements – Walking through the Forest

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Performance Elements – Table Top Puppetry

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The Gingerbread House

We wanted the gingerbread house to be real and eaten on stage by actors and audience so that they get to experience the magical scene.

I made a gingerbread house from scratch, which aesthetically wasn’t quite right. we wanted it to be a perfectly beautiful house that the children were in awe of. It did however taste fantastic and had an anthropomorphic quality which we felt lured the children in as well as suggesting the presence of someone. It also wasn’t very stable. We need the house to stand solidly on the witches back for some time. So we bought pre-made gingerbread piece that me and jenny iced together and decorated with sweets. In the performance we gave the children the cake so they felt part of the experience, which they were very excited by.

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Costume

As a group we had some very different ideas about costume, although we all agreed that the manipulators should be dressed in dark earthy tones that blend into the forest and this should contrast with Hansel and Gretel to make them stand out.

We also wanted the characters to fit into the world we had created, but not to blend in. We thought about using washed out colours, perhaps with materials used to create the forest to keep a connection with the idea of a world that has been made by children.

As it is a created world we found it difficult to find a style that isn’t too time specific. We looked at archetypes and more contemporary styles, but choose to keep the tailoring very simple with a washed out colour scheme.

http://www.lookandlearn.com/blog/19184/the-grimms-hansel-and-gretel-inspired-the-fairy-tale-opera-by-engelbert-humperinck/

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We added an apron for Gretel and a waistcoat for Hansel made from hessian. It helps to connect the characters with the space as well as make them a recognisable pair. They were also needed for the puppets that sit in their pockets, keeping the idea of the puppets always being a part of the characters.

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