Award-winning Rash Dash theatre company brings a festive tale of magic and adventure to the Junction in time for the holidays
Cambridge Junction’s Christmas show sees two daring, mischievous sisters set out on an adventure across a wintry wilderness. No, it’s not Frozen (everyone’s over that by now, surely?), but Snow White and Rose Red, created by award-winning theatre company RashDash. This enchanting tale is based on the Brothers Grimm’s original story of two girls who befriend a bear and rescue a dwarf with a magical beard. (Don’t worry if you don’t recognise it from the Disney version – that was based on a completely different Brothers Grimm fairytale!)
Helen Goalen of RashDash, who went to school at Swavesey Village College and Hills Road Sixth Form College, tells us more: “We want it to be a really fun, festive family day out. It’s going to have lots of great songs, live music and should be a great visual spectacle. It should take people on a real adventure. “Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was taken from a completely different story,” she explains. “In the original Snow White and Rose Red, two sisters meet a bear and keep bumping into this little old man with a beard which keeps getting stuck in things. But there’s not much more to it than that, so we’ve turned it into a big adventure story for the girls. There are magic spells, lots of great characters and a big battle at the end.”
As well as creating the show with RashDash co-founder Abbi Greenland, Helen will be on stage as Snow White.
She says: “We always have very strong female characters at the centre of our shows. Rose Red is streetwise and a bit of a tomboy, whereas Snow White is more dreamy and always getting lost in her own head. But they both love stories and adventure.
“I’m really excited about it. We’ve never made a show with Cambridge Junction before but we’ve toured there a few times. It’s a show for five- to 105-year-olds – though 106-year-olds are very welcome! The humour works on lots of different levels, and it should be a nice alternative to a panto.”
See it 8-31 December, Cambridge Junction; tickets £15 (£10 concessions). Check online for times.