Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Date 18th April 2015
Society Westovian Theatre Society
Venue Pier Pavilion, South Shields
Type of Production Musical/Play
Director Connor Woods

Report

Author: Foster Johnson

There is one thing you can say about The Westovian Theatre Society. They are not frightened to accept a new challenge or to give youth its chance. Indeed they positively encourage it, especially with the amount of young talent they have at their disposal.

It was not surprising, therefore, that the latest offering from the Junior Section was such an outstanding success.

With a cast whose ages ranged from 12 to 18, and for some for whom it was their first experience of the stage, they tackled the dark side of Brothers Grimm’s stories in an exceptional way.

Reworking the stories and bringing them into a present day setting using the medium of a group therapy session and adding a sprinkling of songs cleverly chosen to reflect the tales being told they, to use modern parlance, smashed it. The setting of the Tales also made it more relevant and understandable to the audience who could see how they fitted into a modern day scenario... They were Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel and the lesser known Godfather Death.

The Tales themselves were adapted by Peter Dawson who is also a young member of the Group, and how cleverly and well written they were. Add to that the directing talents of Connor Woods who himself has not long left the Junior Section, and the talents of cast, then not only have you a recipe for success, as clearly demonstrated by this performance, but a bright future for the Theatre Group as a whole.

The flourishing talents behind the curtain need to be mentioned. The burgeoning reputation of the Set Design Team, Props, Lighting and Sound for producing a quality product continues to grow, and they to made a telling contribution to the mood and success of the production.