Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Hello 2012

Happy New Year to all!

We have had a great time at The Junction performing Hansel & Gretel over the festive period. On Tuesday 3 January we had our final two shows, and have now packed away all of the set, and returned the costumes and equipment we used during the run (including the snow machine!)

Many thanks to everyone who came to see the show and we have enjoyed hearing your feedback.

We plan to tour this show in the future, so please visit for more information in the coming months on where it might turn up next!

Saturday, 31 December 2011

"Ten Best Theatre" in The Independent

It was great to see Hansel & Gretel in The Independent as "Ten Best Theatre" shows today. 

Wishing everyone a very happy new year, and we look forward to celebrating the start of 2012 with the final four shows on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 January!

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Alex the Director talks about the show

We have had a brilliant time making and playing the show to thousands of school children and families throughout the run so far at The Junction. 

On a bumper show day of 3 shows to packed audiences, Director of Hansel & Gretel and Artistic Director of NIE; Alex Byrne reflects on the experience:

We still have 2 more shows tomorrow before the new year and 2 more days of shows in 2012, so if you haven't done so already, don't miss your chance to catch it in Cambridge!

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Spotlight on Live Music

Anyone who has already been to see the show will know live music plays an important role in our version of Hansel and Gretel.

NIE: Hansel and Gretel 07 Dec - 03 Jan Production Photos

No less than seven pieces of original music feature in the one hour show – four songs and three pieces of incidental music which are used to to set a scene or introduce a new character. All composed by musician and cast member Carly Davis who plays the witch.

NIE: Hansel and Gretel 07 Dec - 03 Jan Production Photos

Right from the start of the development stages of the show we wanted our version of Hansel and Gretel to have a european folk music feel with Director Alex very much wanting the music to take the audience on a journey. With this in mind Carly went on to create lots of different songs and music to reflect the show's story, these were then edited down and developed in the rehearsal process (and according to which cast members could play which instruments).

We use a lot of instruments in the show – guitar, ukulele, accordian, double bass, trombone, clarinet, recorder, drum sticks (making drums out of the set) and glockenspiel. The show's winter forest set certainly provides lots of handy resting places for these...

NIE: Hansel and Gretel 07 Dec - 03 Jan Production Photos

All five cast members have musicial backgrounds but even they had to learn to play some new instruments for the show. For instance, Mia who plays Hansel and Gretel's Norwegian stepmother can play very well the trombone and clarinet so both are used in the show, but  she has also learnt some bits of music on the double bass so she plays that at some points as well.

The result? Listen to two songs from the show 'Breadcrumbs' and 'All the food was gone' below to find out...

Christmas 2011: NIE Hansel and Gretel "Breadcrumbs" Song (mp3)

Christmas 2011: NIE Hansel and Gretel "All The Food Was Gone" song (mp3)

For those thinking about coming to see the show, but perhaps haven't booked tickets yet listen to what Junction audiences think below on audio boo...

Christmas 2011: NIE Hansel and Gretel - Parents verdict (mp3)

Christmas 2011: NIE Hansel and Gretel - Children Reaction (mp3)

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

The show goes on

After enjoying a couple of days off for Christmas, the Hansel & Gretel performers are back into The Junction with shows right through into the new year. Many shows are now sold out but there is some good availability on the 2nd and 3rd January so booking in advance is advisable!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Week Two Highlights