Contemporary short fiction, poetry and more

‘The Wrong Crowd’ theatre company

A play called ‘The Girl With The Iron Claws’*  is on tour.  Dates and venues are:

Manchester Royal Exchange. 30th May – 2nd June Book online or call 0161 833 9833
Drum Theatre, Plymouth. 6th – 9th June. Book online or call 01752 230 440
Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate. 14th – 16th June. Book online or call 01423 502 116
Hull Truck Theatre, Hull. 20th – 22nd June. Book online or call 01482 323 638
E4 Udderbelly Festival, Southbank Centre, London. 23rd – 25th June. Book online or call 0844 545 8282
the egg, Bath. 29th – 30th June. Book online or call 01225 448 844
Everyman Theatre Cheltenham. 2nd – 4th July. Book online or call 01242 572 573
The Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford. 5th – 6th July. Book online or call 01483 440 000
The Gulbenkian, Canterbury. 7th July. Book online or call 01227 769 075

This is a play that The Jays and I went to see at the Edinburgh Festival last summer.  It was billed as being “based on a Norwegian folk tale”, which was not encouraging to me.  We went pretty much because we were told it would definitely be suitable for children but would also be interesting to adults.  We were captivated. 

It has singing in it, but it is not a musical.  People don’t stop what they are doing and start singing for no apparent reason: the songs are part of the narrative and extend the story.  There is cunningly simple but spectacular puppetry.  If you go, I advise you to sit as close to the stage as possible and feel part of the action. 

Throw away your 3D glasses and go and see a live performance by people who really know what they are doing.  And hurry up!  The first performance in Manchester is tonight. 


* Any of you who have heard my poem, ‘Walking In Scotland’ will have heard of this play.


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