Walt Disney this is not. But Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatres has come up with a cracking solution on how to stage Snow White.
Its joyous, fresh show has Jodie Davey’s Snow White, an innocent abroad, fleeing Stefanie Mueller’s wicked stepmother – splendidly extravagant – only to find refuge with a small band of eco-warrior vegans living in their woodland earth dwelling.
This allows the production the freedom to introduce a whole raft of themes on social responsibility, ranging from adapting a different way of life to family redemption and, in turn, growing old both gracefully and disgracefully. Importantly, though, the core (sorry) of the poisoned-apple storyline is preserved.
Director Alex Byrne and his effervescent cast of actor/musicians ensure that barrel-loads of laughter spill over from every scene. Another nice touch is replacing the prince with Abayomi Oniyide’s wandering gamekeeper.
The mood-setting music from Joey Hickman and Elliot Davis is an absolute delight, while designer Mueller, moonlighting from her scene-stealing role as the Queen, has wisely matched a simple woodland setting with a mobile mirror with a personality all its own.