A few years ago, I saw and participated in my first interactive theatre experience – Alice Adventure’s Underground. It was such a mind-blowing event for me that I still want to revisit the play. With that in mind, a few days ago, I joined my sister and cousins at Abney Park, and together, we stepped into another interactive play. This time the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.
Step Down the Path into a World of Fairy Tales.
It was a mild summer evening, and the play started an hour or so before sunset. Abney Park is also a massive cemetery, and even though I was with my sister and cousins, for the first 15 minutes of the play, I half expected something to jump out at me from between the trees and graves. After all, there were leaves blowing in the wind and twigs crackling. There were four stories performed: Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Godfather Death.
The actors rely less on props and more on the space in the park, walking you through a journey of fairy tales. You move with them around the cemetery, down winding pathways and into a church as they engage you in their tales. Hansel and Gretel talk to you, the Woodsman from Little Red Riding Hood gave us the most laughs. Whilst there is some deviation from the original stories, the performers inject humour into their scripts and keep you thoroughly entertained from start to finish. We had a few children in our group of about 30 people, and I could see that these 10-year-olds were having the time of their lives.
The play is about 70 minutes. Even though I did see a spectator cheekily snapping a few pictures, photography is not allowed. It’s the reason that I have no pictures of the event and have resorted to using the website’s images.
Tickets are approximately £13 and it’s a great way to spend a summer’s evening, whilst we still have good weather.