Dark humour and sharp wit

Whiter Than Snow, by Mike Kenny, Graeae Theatre Company, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, March 7In a war-torn country members of the Franz family are struggling to tour their latest production - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

David Green

Whiter Than Snow, by Mike Kenny, Graeae Theatre Company, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, March 7

In a war-torn country members of the Franz family are struggling to tour their latest production - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

All is not well because the leading lady has eloped with the prince and there are only four available dwarfs.


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Frieda, daughter of the family, is begging to play Snow White but her father, Otto, suddenly finds the ideal actor - a beautiful young woman with a fantastic memory for lines. But is she, perhaps, a little too perfect in a world where science has a sinister presence?

Graeae's quick-witted, challenging and uncompromising production is packed with dark humour and shrewd observations.

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Just as the audience thinks it can - after an early jolt - relax and enjoy a comic fairy tale, uncomfortable truths are aired and difficult issues examined about our attitudes to people who are different from the “norm”.

This was a true ensemble performance; thought provoking, brilliantly conceived and enacted with the aid of an ingenious, multi-purpose set.

David Green

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