Thu 3rd – Sun 13 December
There will be a BSL interpreted & relaxed performance on Friday 4th, 7pm
Running Time: 90 Mins (TBC)
“I want to come with you and watch the people shiver as you pass over them.”
A young boy, Kai is in thrall to a presence beyond his gaming screen. It’s a threat that will come to take him from the real world, only for his foster sister, Gerda to pursue him into the wintery, digital realm of Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen.
A modern twist on the Hans Christian Anderson classic the Snow Queen, blending live action with film, puppetry and digital storytelling. A young girl goes on a journey to find her friend. Along the way she meets talking flowers, nosey birds, a grumpy reindeer and other magical creatures who help her find her strength to battle with Snow Queen, a shape-shifting icy goddess who represents all that you want most in the world.
Making seasonal storytelling relevant to young people and their families living in the modern world, audiences are promised an experience that combines the everyday miracles of technology with puppetry and spirited human performances.
Aimed at audiences of 7 years old and up, there is promise of light-hearted fun as Gerda meets with talking flowers, nosey birds, a grumpy reindeer and other magical creatures on her way. As well as remarkable visuals, an impressive cast of puppets and an original musical score, expressive movement from a cast of five will keep young eyes transfixed.
Writer, Philip Osment and director, Jonathan McGrath along with a team of innovative theatre creatives including designer Jane Linz Roberts, puppeteer Liz Walker, musician Semay Wu and digital artists Cubic Flowers have combined technologies to revive this sage fable of childhood curiosity, misplaced trust and unbreakable friendship.
“Upon entering the theatre it’s clear that Z-arts have really gone to town on this year’s Christmas offering.” – Nikki Cotter, Manchester’s Finest
There will be free Art Cart activities before and after Snow Queen on the following dates:
Saturday 5th 11am and 2.30pm
Sunday 6th 2.30pm
Saturday 12th 11am and 2.30pm
Sunday 13th 2.30pm
*What’s On Key: Red Z is part of the Z-arts programme
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