Northumberland Theatre Company is renowned for highly inventive theatre. The cast of four plays many parts as they retell eight less well known Grimm Tales, each one gripping in its own way. That being said Act I is far stronger that Act II, although the latter is still entertaining.
While this is an ensemble piece, you cannot help but be drawn to Louis Roberts. No matter what character he is playing, his every movement, word, expression and look is something to savour. He immediately connects with the audience and holds their focus throughout.
The company is facing severe funding cuts but this does not affect the performance. On the evidence of this tour, playing village halls in the north of England, audiences - highly appreciative of Grimm Tales - would really be missing out if NTC wasn’t around this time next year.