Steve Sutherland reviews the school production which ran from 18th to 19th October “Rackety-coo, there’s blood in the shoe, there’s blood in the shoe…” Chipping Campden School served up an early ghoulish treat last week with their pre-half term production of Grimm Tales which focussed on three cautionary stories from the Brothers’ famous collection, the directors (Ms James, Mrs Curran and Mr Cottage) cleverly taking us back to the skeletal original sources, then mixing in some modern sass and spice to tickle the funny bones. Familiar to us in a somewhat sanitised form as Cinderella, first up was Ashputtel, played sympathetically by Scarlet Clarke, bullied within an inch of her lovely life by her stepmother and two stepsisters Jess Gregg, Emma Fuller and Millie Hampel. This OTT trio took to animating these absolute pantomime rotters with proper relish and the bit where one sis, then the other slices off toes and a heel to fit into the shoe was deliciously gory. Props too to Charlie Johnson’s hilarious Tim-Nice-But-Dim posh prince. Next came a lively take on Hansel And Gretel. Edward Wilkinson was hilarious as the woeful dad, Koti Nayler had a ball with the villainous mum, Odette Dyer’s wicked witch… Read full this story
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