Eating the Wolf
The urge to turn traditional fairytales on their heads and make alternative mischief with them is a realtively common one.
It was an urge award-winning Kiwi playwright Sarah Delahunty couldn’t resist when she launched her feminist take on Red Riding Hood back in 2005. The stereotypical characters begin in standard enough fashion, but when the wolf gets swallowed by Red’s grandma, be sure some serious revisionism is going down.
Grandma then leads Red astray from the security of her domesticated upbringing to ‘off the path’ encounters with other female fairytale heroines. These are ladies who have ‘gone rogue’ to control their own destinies, while the woodcutter is chopped down to size as just another knowall male ego trying to score.
On a simple set, the costumed archetypal roles were clearly articulated by the young performers, though the production could have done with more light-handed, humorous and slapstick touches.