What better way to spend a chilly winter evening in London, than heading down to the South Bank and experiencing some grim and spooky fairytales!
The other week I was invited by a friend to attend Philip Pullman’s adaptation of Grimm Tales. Described as an immersive fairytale, the two and a half hour show takes place (previously at Shoreditch Town hall) at Bargehouse in the Oxo Tower where age old fairytales have been reimagined and slightly twisted.
The warehouse-like space sprawls over five floors, each covered from floor to ceiling with dark and haunting decor. Each floor has several large rooms, built almost as a maze and reflecting a different fairytale.
The idea is that you begin on one floor, take a seat as the stories unravel around you and the set comes to life! At the end of each story, the lights flare and the actors usher you on to the next floor where another story is told.
I fell in love with these lights, dangling from the ceiling. Slightly spooky but beautiful nonetheless! In fact, I loved the lighting in almost every room; dim and dark.
Every inch of the walls are covered with crumbling paint, old notes, broken mirrors, creepy photographs and even these chilling hanging dresses.
You also find remnants of familiary fairytales peppered around.
After all the performances have ended, you are free to roam around, experience the beautifully crafted set and of course, take a million photos!
We were able to see five performances by this extremely talented cast: The Frog King of Iron Heinrich, Hansel & Gretel, Faithful Johannes, Thousandfurs and The Three Little Men in The Woods. However, I must say I knew only Hansel & Gretel and The Frog King – Is it just me or are the others popular fairytales as well?
Phillip Pullman’s Grimm Tales is on at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf till mid-April and you can find out more information and purchase tickets here. There is a half an hour interval with nibbles and drinks.
It is unlike any show I have experienced before so I highly recommend going with a group of friends. Do wrap up though as it’s rather chilly in there!
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