On Thursday 18 June a group of Year 7 St Mary’s School, Cambridge students performed six Grimm Tales to an audience of parents in the gardens of the school.
The students performed Tim Supple's dramatisation of Carol Ann Duffy's version of the tales, which famously highlights some of the darker aspects of these stories. From the violent rejection of Hansel and Gretel to Ashputtel's stepsisters cutting off heels or toes to fit into the shoe, the tales are designed to delight and horrify much to the audience’s delight.
The Year 7 students were split into three groups and each group was allocated two plays to rehearse in their English and Drama lessons where they have been working on their productions with energy and inventiveness. As well as Hansel and Gretel and Ashputtel, there were performances of The Golden Goose, Little Red-Cap, Snow White, and Rumpelstiltskin.