After the success of their first show, Spinning Wheel Youth Takeover returns to Bury St Edmunds this Easter with a series of interactive workshops and a show for 5-12 year-olds.
Tangled Tales has been made from scratch by the team of 16-25 year olds, with the group writing, designing and performing in the show, as well as running a three-day activity workshop including drama and arts and crafts for 5-12 year olds, with the support of professional theatre company Spinning Wheel Theatre.
Tangled Tales is a take on the story of Hansel and Gretel as they try to escape from the Wicked Witch and her minion Minnie.
Along the way they bump into a series of fairy tale characters, from the Big Bad Wolf to little old Granny, forming a ragtag team of renegades determined to escape from the ever-growing group of baddies attempting to catch them.
The young team of theatre makers have embraced the challenge of creating a show for kids.
Thalia Weavers, playing Gretel, said: “Trying to invent alternative backstories for each character and coming up with ways the different fairy tales would connect was so much fun.
“It all came together really well and we’ve laughed a lot!” Alongside writing and performing in the show, the team have designed and made the set, the costumes, marketed the show and created the workshops themselves.
Spinning Wheel’s Youth Takeover is unique as it focuses on a huge range of skills within the creative arts, and allows its members to experience all of the different jobs that go into creating a show under the guidance of theatre professionals.
This time an added feature is the focus on it being a children’s show, and the opportunity for children to take part in exciting workshops led by the cast and crew.
Jade Laurie, a member of the team, said: “As I want to pursue a career in arts education, I’m really enjoying the challenge of planning such a fun and inspiring project aimed solely for children. Working together with this team has been the best bit!”
The aim of the Takeover project is to provide young theatre makers with the platform to not only present their own work, but also to provide them with an opportunity to gain practical experience in the multitude of roles that go into creating a production.
Using the resources made available through the project the young people involved will not only produce a high quality production but also gain valuable experience that will carry through to the rest of their careers.
Tangled Tales will be performed at The St John’s Centre, Bury St Edmunds, on April 1 and 2 at 11am and 3pm with workshops taking place from 10am-3pm from March 29-31.
Tickets are £5 for the show and £50 for the 3-day workshop (which includes a free ticket to the show).
Tickets can be purchased at www.spinningwheeltheatre.com.