Re­vised, Red rides into age of lib­er­ated hero­ines

The Tribune (NZ) - - THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT -

Once upon a time, women were stay-at-home moth­ers, lit­tle girls played with dolls, and fathers dis­ap­peared ev­ery day to work. Then things changed. So, once upon a time, Red Rid­ing Hood lived hap­pily in the for­est with her mother. She liked to visit her grand­mother and al­ways did as she was told.

One day, how­ever, Grandma has an epiphany and de­cides to take con­trol of her own des­tiny. Think­ing Grandma has lost the plot, trad Mum despatches Red Rid­ing Hood with cake and cus­tard to help the old girl back on the rails.

Of course there’s an en­counter with a de­vi­ous and hun­gry wolf, but Red and Grandma stum­ble off the known path and en­counter a bevy of lib­er­ated hero­ines, among them, Sleep­ing Beauty, Snow White, Rose Red and the Frog Princess.

Eat­ing the Wolf is a fem­i­nist para­ble based on the fairy tale writ­ten by renowned New Zealand play­wright, Sarah De­lahunty.

Di­rected by Sheri­dan Hickey for The Pro­duc­tion Co, Eat­ing The Wolf with a cast of 11 emerg­ing young artists, pro­vides a lively, provoca­tive and en­ter­tain­ing twist on a tra­di­tional tale.

On in the Dark Room from Oc­to­ber 8 – 10, at 8pm, book­ings are avail­able on 354 5740 or thedark­roomnz.com

PHOTO: BREN­DAN LODGE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Hey there Li’l Red Rid­ing Hood – the Wood­cut­ter (Ai­dan Berkahn) strikes a

pose while Grandma (Cileme Venkateswar), Mother (Aneka Pa­tel) and Red Rid­ing Hood (Hem Chok­shi)

get on with things.

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