Spread the Love: Hansel and Gretel – adapted by Shirley Barrie

This week we spread the love for Hansel and Gretel, the classic tale brought vividly to life by Shirley Barrie. Recorded live near a cottage made from candy.


Welcome to Spread the Love. This week we are looking at Hansel and Gretel an adaptation by Shirley Barrie. A familiar fairy tale but told in a very unique fashion. Craig, what do you love about Hansel and Gretel?

This adaptation of Hansel and Gretel is hard. There I said it. It’s not an easy adaptation. But it’s a very theatrical adaptation. The two main characters are sometimes portrayed by actors and sometimes they’re played by puppets. And it’s beautifully, beautifully rhythmic too. There’s a role for a percussionist who plays throughout the play.

It’s a challenge for sure, but it’s a fulfilling challenge. Lindsay, what do you love about Hansel and Gretel?

Well you know, sometimes plays are good when they’re hard. We know, we know, this is a hard sell. It’s got a small cast. But if you are looking for a challenge for your actors, if you go to feeder schools with the plays. It’s not challenging for the audience, just the actors – Then look no further.

Ok, that’s it for Spread the Love!

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