Bristol Old Vic today revealed the cast who are to bring Sally Cookson’s newest family show to life- the dreamy Christmas tale, Sleeping Beauty. Bringing the much loved fairy-tale bang up to date, roles are reversed as our male beauty is tricked into a deep sleep for 100 years, before being woken by a poor young girl with the heart of a lion.
Based on the famous fairy story and also taking inspiration from the Welsh folk tale, The Leaves that Hung but Never Grew, this magical tale sees the pampered and protected Prince Percy team up with the determined and feisty Girl who helps him wake from an enchanted sleep, battle the evil Fairy and discover the magical tree with leaves to cure all ills. Together they discover how friendship can come in unlikely places and how we are all stronger together than apart.
I am keen to see this with the whole family but particularly my daughter. I am a big fan of girls learning how to be feisty and I like the creativity of the role reversal in a traditional tale. I am also very keen to look into the Welsh folk tale and to add it to our home education efforts. Life sure teaches us the best friends come from unlikely places (like blogging!) and that it is strong to reach out for support and to work together.
It’s a bit of a trek for us but an excuse to revisit Bristol and the prices of the tickets are affordable.
27 Nov 2015– 17 Jan 2016
A Bristol Old Vic production
Devised by the company
Prices £34 – £7.50
Tickets www.bristololdvic.org.uk | 0117 987 7877