5 Oct - 21 Feb 2021 Age guide: 8 - 12

A Unicorn & Illuminations Production

Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales online

New theatrical readings of six deliciously gruesome tales.

  • Based on the book by Philip Pullman
  • Directed by Justin Audibert, Rachel Bagshaw, Polly Findlay, Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, Ola Ince and Bijan Sheibani

New theatrical readings of six deliciously gruesome tales.

Enter a perilous world of murderous step-mothers, devious Kings and fearless children…

Adapted by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials), we’re thrilled to present a deliciously gruesome selection of six theatrical readings from Grimm Tales, re-told for the whole family by an extraordinary cast.

Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales are classic fairy tales, distilled from centuries of storytelling, timeworn but honed for the next generation to discover anew. This collection of readings, combining classic favourites with new discoveries, takes us to the very heart of imagination and speaks of the things it finds there - fear, courage, compassion and wonder.

Filmed at the Unicorn and aimed at ages 8 - 12 (School Years 4 - 7), these short, vivid new readings will be on our YouTube channel, for free, from 10am on 5 October 2020 until 21 February 2021.

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CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Cast

Nadia Albina
Le Gateau Chocolat
Colin Morgan
Cecilia Noble
Andy Umerah
Susan Wokoma

Creative Team

Directed by: Justin Audibert (Hansel and Gretel), Rachel Bagshaw (Rumpelstiltskin), Polly Findlay (The Devil With The Three Golden Hairs), Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu (The Boy Who Left Home To Find Out About The Shivers), Ola Ince (The Brave Little Tailor) and Bijan Sheibani (Cinderella)

Designer Charlotte Espiner 
Composer & Sound Designer Jon McLeod
Director of Photography Phil Cooper
Editors Todd MacDonald and Joe Young
Assistant Director Rohan Gotobed

THE SIX TALES

Cinderella
Hansel and Gretel
Rumpelstiltskin
The Boy Who Left Home To Find Out About The Shivers
The Brave Little Tailor
The Devil With The Three Golden Hairs

YEAR 7 PROJECT FOR TEACHERS

SIGN UP FOR OUR FREE YEAR 7 PROJECT

The Year 7 Project is a free six-week scheme of learning created in consultation with clinical psychologist Dr Sarah Wassall, to address periods of transition, change and adaptation.

It includes a live, online teacher CPD session and a written and digital resource pack. The project examines live and digital theatre-making with the company and explores the content of the stories - unlocking narratives around the power of ingenuity and resilience in the face of adversity.

Further below is more detailed information about the resources and CPD. If you have any queries, email Frey at schools@unicorntheatre.com.

To access The Year 7 Project resources and to book for the CPD, sign up here:

FREE RESOURCES - AVAILABLE FROM 1 OCT

The resources use the 'Hansel and Gretel' story as a stimulus for pupils' own creative exploration. Resources include short videos with the the company in which they talk about their roles and set students creative tasks.

These activities have been informed by existing evidence based practice drawn from narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, collective trauma, and educational psychology theories regarding metacognition. 

FREE ONLINE TEACHER CPD - 8 OCT

We are offering a free live, online CPD session (hosted on Zoom) for teachers on Thu 8 Oct 4.30pm - 6.30pm. Spaces are limited - to book, sign up to our Year 7 Project using the form. The CPD will be led by Unicorn Learning Associate Cath Greenwood and Dramatherapist Sam Adams with Dr Sarah Wassall.

Over the two hour session, we'll take you through the practical activities and the video resources. We'll also explore how the practical activities are designed to work within social distancing guidelines, and contextualise how the activities support mental health and wellbeing.

CREDITS

Image by PaperNoodle

As part of Unicorn Online, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering a range of free online theatrical experiences that we hope will be enjoyed by children across London, the UK and beyond.

Unicorn Online has been made possible with the generous support of the Backstage Trust and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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