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Grimms' Tales

Friday 08 March to Sunday 10 March 2024




Fri 08 March, 19:30-21:30
Sat 09 March, 19:30-21:30
Sun 10 March, 14:00-16:30


16th Avenue Theatre, Tauranga

Forget Disney. Forget those syrupy sweet versions of Grimms’ fairy tales. This is different. This is dark and maybe disturbing. This is real drama.

Chances are you only know the sanitised versions of Grimms’ fairy tales, and only those that haven’t disappeared from books. But the original stories are different. Some are quite grim and gruesome.

On a scale of Grimm, some tales we are going to tell you in March are … well, maybe close to a 10.

The performance comprises stories from the first (1815) edition of Grimms’ Children’s and Household Tales. Dramatised and acted rather than read out, the pieces are nested in a frame story, interweaving contemporary with historic elements and mixing magic with horror.

The play’s episodic structure includes music between acts, mirroring and enhancing the mood of the tales brought to life by different storytellers. Charlotte Grimm’s unexpected appearance adds some interesting and surprising information to the plot: the unknown story behind the stories that her brothers collected.

While somewhat earlier than 20 March, this is our contribution to World Storytelling Day. It’s not for the faint hearted though. Are you brave enough to come?

Please note: the language of the original stories includes descriptions of violence.

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