"Kneehigh are a company who have always taken a sideways look at classic tales, as they create their own ramshackle myth and magic... A madcap pleasure." –Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
‘Times are tough for the family in the wood
They'd eat like kings if only they could
But hunger gnaws - famine stalks the land
Something quite wicked has the upper hand!
Poor mother and father must do "what is best"...
And Hansel and Gretel will be put to the test!
Armed with their very last slice of bread
Will they eat to survive
Or leave a trail home instead?’
Kneehigh now finds itself celebrated as one of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies. This collection contains the performance texts of four of their highly acclaimed shows: Tristan & Yseult, The Bacchae, The Wooden Frock and The Red Shoes. With forewords from Emma Rice, Tom Morris, Anna Maria Murphy and Carl Grose, it offers a unique insight into Kneehigh’s approach to making theatre, revealing how a script can emerge from a collaborative devising process.