We’re proud to collaborate with master storyteller Philip Pullman CBE to bring a handful of classic tales quite literally to life through immersive theatre. His 2012 retelling of 50 of the Grimm Brothers’ Fairytales brought these classic stories to new generations of wide-eyed readers.
"Nowadays we think of these wonderful tales as something from a book, but the great collection of the Brothers Grimm was published only two hundred years ago.
The tales are much older than that, and they were originally told orally, not written down, so a dramatic production seems like a return to their origin. I'm sure the tales will flourish in this setting, and I greatly look forward to seeing how they come to life."
“Granny, what big eyes you've got!”
Now we’re inviting all avid readers, keen listeners and curious souls to huddle up and experience these classic fairytales in the flesh. From Little Red Riding Hood to Rapunzel, our audience will brush shoulders with unforgettable characters from Philip Pullman’s book, in a theatre production that’s going to enchant and inspire adults with a keen sense of curiosity and their brave children.
It’s an explosion of storytelling magic, immersive action and raw excitement and it’s happening in London from 14 March – 24 April. Full of unexpected twists and turns down in the basement chambers of Shoreditch Town Hall.
But first things first!
We need your help to bring this colourful production to life. It’s a brand new venture that’s been a true labour of love and we’re looking for a crowd to help us gather the funds we need to make our vision happen. Every pound we raise will go directly towards enhancing our initial non-profit production.
What you’ll get in return:
You can donate anything from £10 to £5000. In exchange you’ll get your hands on exclusive rewards, including guaranteed tickets to the show, The Grimm Tales book signed by the author Philip Pullman himself, limited edition signed posters and even dinner with the director, Philip Wilson. Big or small, your contribution will make a big difference and is very much appreciated
Sitting at the heart of one of the most vibrant areas of London, Shoreditch Town Hall is a magnificent Grade II landmark building managed by Shoreditch Town Hall Trust. Built in 1865, and with a heritage as one of the grandest Vestry Halls in London, it was established as an independent arts and events venue in 2004. Since this time it has established itself as a key
part of the cultural landscape filling a vital need for flexible, non-traditional performance space.
Shoreditch Town Hall’s basement is where the tales will come to life. A warren of undiscovered rooms, they have a history as rich as the tales that will fill their walls and therefore provide the perfect backdrop.
The Creative Team:
Philip Wilson - Adapter & Director Recent credits include Toro! Toro! (national tour), The Three Lions (Pleasance, Edinburgh), Twist of Gold (Polka), 66 Books (Bush), Earnest / Travesties (Birmingham Rep) and The Norman Conquests (Liverpool Playhouse). Philip was the Artistic Director of Salisbury Playhouse, 2007-11.
Tom Rogers, Set & Costume Designer. Tom trained at Motley. His most recent production include; Happy Days - A New Musical (National Tour), My Judy Garland Life (Nottingham Playhouse), Moominland Midwinter (Theatre Royal Bath), The Recruiting Officer (Salisbury Playhouse) and Witches Of Eastwick (Watermill).
Valerie Coward, Producer: Producer for the Old Vic Tunnels. 20 years of experience in producing immersive theatre shows ranging from transforming Leadenhall Market into a Ballroom to creating a circus out of a City Atrium.
Catherine Botibol, Executive Producer Shortlisted in 2011 for the Hospital 100 list of emerging influential people in the creative and media industries, Cat is Creative Development Director of pd3 - a creative agency with 15 years experience creating entertainment content and experiences for brands such as O2, Sony, AEG, Live Nation, Ray-ban, Nike and Victorinox.
Other members of the team:
Howard Hudson, Lighting Director
Richard Hammarton, Sound Designer
Kay Magson, Casting Director
Alexie Kharibian, Costume Supervisor
Robyn Walker, Ed Smith, Gareth Jones, Chris Gordon, Jim Harrison, Richard Parry, Theo Philips, Andrew Bainbridge, Natalia Cacciatore
Risks and challenges
This project has been over 18 months in development. Its first incarnation was sadly derailed due to arts funding cuts, but the creative union between Val (Producer) and Philip (Adaptor and Director) kept the idea alive. Always intended as an immersive theatre experience, ideas for the show centred on the immediacy of storytelling traditions. Determined not to let the magic die, a chance encounter with Cat (Exec Producer) brought in the third member of the team to bring the show to life in Stratford, London. Although this opportunity didn't eventually materialise, due to factors beyond the team's control, a solid and strong working relationship was formed within the production and creative team. Plus, very importantly, lessons were learned, thinking was done (and re-done and re-done) and all the mistakes that needed to happen, happened.
Rising strong, the team realised that even though they had tweaked and developed certain threads, essentially those first ideas still held together, proving there was a strong enough core and the potential to succeed with this opportunity at Shoreditch Town Hall. Also, that they had the determination and belief in the creative concept for the show plus the learnings and experience from the happenings of the last 18 months, to make it happen. And now it is happening! With your help.
Our theatrical performance isn't a finished product. It remains forever unfinished, waiting for our next re-imagining which will change its nature. By pledging money you are giving us the opportunity to make the performance a work in progress so it is able to constantly grow and change and be retold, as fairytales are meant to be.
Pledging money isn't just about getting tickets for the show, it also means supporting our cause and wanting our performance to be able to develop and reach the heights. The tickets are just our way of saying thank you
ONCE UPON A TIME...Credit in programme as a friend of Grimm. We are grateful for every pound. All your support will go towards transporting Philip Pullman's words off the page, and bringing the Grimm Tales to life.
RAPUNZEL, RAPUNZEL, LET DOWN YOUR HAIR... Credit in programme as a friend of Grimm. 1 x limited edition Grimm Tales tote bag. All your support will go towards transporting Philip Pullman's words off the page, and bringing the Grimm Tales to life.
WE WON'T BE DEFEATED! FOLLOW ME, AND GOD SAVE THE KING! Credit in programme as a friend of Grimm. 1x copy of Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales for Young and Old book 1 x limited edition Grimm Tales tote bag. All your support will go towards transporting Philip Pullman's words off the page, and bringing the Grimm Tales to life.
MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO IN THIS LAND IS THE FAIREST OF ALL? - 2 x tickets to the show. You choose whether you want adult or child tickets, and the date (18 Mar – 30 March).
Credit in programme as a friend of Grimm
FLOUNDER FLOUNDER IN THE SEA, LISTEN UP AND COME TO ME - 2 x tickets to the show. You choose whether you want adult or child tickets, and the date (18 Mar – 30 March). 1 x copy of Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales for Young and Old book 1 x limited edition Grimm Tales tote bag Credit in programme as a friend of Grimm
IT'S NOT TOO TIGHT, THIS BRIDE IS RIGHT! - 4 x tickets to the show.
You choose whether you want adult or child tickets, and the date (18th Mar – 30th Mar).
Credit in programme as friend of Grimm
1 x Grimm Tales book signed by Philip Pullman
1 x limited edition Grimm Tales tote bag
MY MOTHER CUT MY HEAD OFF, MY FATHER SWALLOWED ME. 4 x tickets to the show. You choose whether you want adult or child tickets, and the date (18th Mar – 30th Mar). 1 x Grimm Tales book signed by Philip Pullman 1 x limited edition Grimm Tales tote bag 1 x A3 Grimm Tales poster. Credit in programme as friend of Grimm
AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER - 4 x tickets to the show – opening week (14th Mar - 21st Mar)
2 x invites to supporters after party.
Credit in programme as supporter of Grimm
2 x Programmes.
2 x Grimm Tales book signed by Philip Pullman.
2 x limited edition Grimm Tales tote bag.
1 x limited edition Grimm Tales book artwork poster signed by Philip Pullman (9 available and thanks to Penguin Classics) OR 1 x limited edition Grimm Tales: An Immersive Fairytale poster signed by Philip Pullman (50 available)
GRANNY, WHAT BIG EYES YOU'VE GOT!
10 x tickets to the opening week (14th Mar - 21st Mar)
5 x invites to exclusive founders reception
Credit in programme as founding partner
4 x programmes.
4 x Grimm Tales book signed by Philip Pullman.
4 x limited edition Grimm Tales tote bag.
Dinner with the Adaptor and Director, Philip Wilson at The Clove Club, Shoreditch Town Hall.
1 x limited edition Grimm Tales: An Immersive Fairytale poster signed by Philip Pullman (50 available)