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Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf

“Spellbinding throughout”

Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf first presents as a play within a play, but before long the portmanteau is unpacked and the audience is drawn in to another story, a similar tale but a great deal darker.

The Lyric has fashioned a captivating world in this unique retelling of Red Riding Hood. Stylistically this show might best be described as circus-bohemian – lightbulb-illuminated frames, a caravan and a gypsy folk band help to conjure a romantic fairytale setting.

There is one particular moment of utter ingenuity on the part of the design and technical team: the wolf, while singing and playing a grand piano in front of star cloth and an enormous dazzling full moon, is flown above the stage and spun in the air – pure theatrical joy to behold.

The design of this show is remarkable, but the score also has its moments. It appears to be inspired by a number of different artists and genres. Several of the Wolf’s solos, for instance, have a Tom Waits-style growl, while some numbers call to mind the Brechtian punk cabaret group The Tiger Lillies.

At times the story does drop off somewhat, but this vaudevillian fantasy captures the imagination and mesmerises nonetheless.

Production Details
Production nameLittle Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf
VenueThe Lyric Theatre Belfast
StartsDecember 3, 2015
EndsJanuary 3, 2016
Running time1hr 35mins
ComposerUrsula Burns
Book writerDerek O’Connor
LyricistDerek O’Connor
DirectorPaul Bosco Mceneaney
ChoreographerMuirne Bloomer
Set designerPaul Keogan
Costume designerElle Kent
Lighting designerPaul Keogan
Sound designerGareth Mcconaghie
CastCharlotte Mccurry, Christina Nelson, Frankie Mccafferty, Kyron Bourke, Roisin Gallagher, The Tick Tock
TechnicalLouise Bryans, Tracey Lindsay
Production managerKeith Ginty
Stage managerKate Miller, Aimee Yates
VerdictA dark retelling of Red Riding Hood, spellbinding throughout, but not for the very young
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