Spotlights @ The Merchants Hall
5–31 August, 13.30
Sleeping Beauty’s modern roots grew from the minds of the brothers Grimm. It was a tale thick with medieval nostalgia, murky forests and magic. More recently, as the Shrek series of films has highlighted, traditional tales have been adapted for more savvy and culturally clued up children.
Sleeping Beauty and the Time Lords continues this idea, introducing a time traveller to the mix, who bears much uncanny (but legally no) resemblance to Dr Who. This works surprisingly well in a futuristic setting, complete with lasers, cyborgs and ‘Sonic Screwdrivers’. Fairies are replaced by ‘Fighter Fairy Guardians’ and magic with science. ‘Oscillating’, ‘Perpetuating’ and ‘Insubstantiation’ all take the place of the more familiar Latin spells. It’s fairy tales for the Richard Dawkins epoch.
The production frequently includes an eager audience, who get a chance to stand alongside the time lord to defeat the evil exterminators. It’s a show indicative of where children’s entertainment is heading; professional, intelligent and constantly entertaining.