REVIEW: A Selection of Grimms’ Fairy Tales, Westovian Theatre, South Shields, Until April 18

GRIMM SHOW ... The Westovians Youth Section is performing A Selection of Grimms' Fairy Tales.'Gretel and Hansel played by Reese Wake and Kai Newton.
GRIMM SHOW ... The Westovians Youth Section is performing A Selection of Grimms' Fairy Tales.'Gretel and Hansel played by Reese Wake and Kai Newton.
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THE latest show from the Westovians Youth Section is anything but grim.

The young members gave fantastic performances in A Selection of Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

The classic stories were given a new twist as the characters were brought into the modern day, where they were attending a group therapy session.

The format was a brilliant way of linking the stories together and making the characters feel more real – we’d all need therapy if we’d been through what they have.

Characters took it in turns to stand up and tell their story, encouraged and comforted by the other group members.

While they told their tales, the action unfolded for the audience in flashbacks and it worked tremendously.

GRIMM SHOW ... The Westovians Youth Section is performing A Selection of Grimms' Fairy Tales. Jack Young as Waldo, Leon McGuinness as death

GRIMM SHOW ... The Westovians Youth Section is performing A Selection of Grimms' Fairy Tales. Jack Young as Waldo, Leon McGuinness as death

The performers took on three tales, the famous Rumpelstiltskin and Hansel & Gretel and the lesser-known Godfather Death.

Each of the stories, adapted by Peter Dawson, was performed brilliantly under the direction of Connor Woods.

Modern songs like Creep, Wherever You Will Go, and Titanium, were a great addition and sung beautifully by Jack Young, in his role of Rumpelstiltskin, and Reese Wake as Gretel.

The set was suitably eerie and props were used fantastically, with actors holding up tree branches and candles to set the scene and the mood.

The show was the first for many of the young members and it was clear that they enjoyed themselves as much as the audience did.

Costumes and props were mainly kept at the sides of the stage, with actors pulling out appropriate items to become their characters. It was an unusual but very interesting style.

The show was the first for many of the young members and it was clear that they enjoyed themselves as much as the audience did.

A Selection of Grimms’ Fairy Tales runs at the Westovian Theatre until Saturday, April 18. Click here for booking information.

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GRIMM SHOW ... The Westovians Youth Section is performing A Selection of Grimms' Fairy Tales. Duffy - Holly Chinneck, Abby - Abigail Scott, Mary - Charlotte Warriner, Charlotte-  Georgie Scott, Simone - Lynn Davidson and the floor is Gretel - Reese Wake and Hansel - Kai Newton.

GRIMM SHOW ... The Westovians Youth Section is performing A Selection of Grimms' Fairy Tales. Duffy - Holly Chinneck, Abby - Abigail Scott, Mary - Charlotte Warriner, Charlotte- Georgie Scott, Simone - Lynn Davidson and the floor is Gretel - Reese Wake and Hansel - Kai Newton.