Fairy tales can be scary. They often explore the darker depths of the psyche through the more palatable form of fable. Little girls enter unbidden woods, wolves lurk in strange clothing, little pigs are threatened in their own homes and so the stories go.
So it is not so far-fetched when the Dead Puppet Society takes a series of classical children’s stories and turns them into a modern Gothic theatre production. The Australian company’s originality shines through every element of Little Grey Wolf from the script to the design and construction of the puppet.
Director David Morton has cleverly melded puppetry, shadow work and live performance to create a mythical, macabre world that enthralls in Adelaide’s Garden of Unearthly Delights. Haunting music also adds to this moody melting pot.
Performers Elizabeth Millington and Freddy Komp begin the story dressed in gloomy Gothic costumes reminiscent of medieval Europe. Millington and Komp take turns in telling their own story as well as a series of fairytales to their small puppet daughter. Each also takes turns as the puppeteer with this elfin and eerie doll.
With its medley of classical children's stories, Little Grey Wolf is a tale of grief, guilt and innocence. It is a dark little piece that sheds light on the magic and power of the myth. It also illuminates the necessity for those in the dark to step into the light and accept the many shades of grey.
The Fringe’s reputation for original and offbeat productions is in good hands with Little Grey Wolf.
Dead Puppet Society presents
Little Grey Wolf
Venue: The Garden of Unearthly Delights
Dates: 12 - 28 February 2010
Tickets: $20 | $15
Please note: Not recommended for young children