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Preview: Snow Child at Washington Arts Centre

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Olivier nominated playwright pens new production of the Snow Child - coming to Arts Centre Washington this Christmas

Snow Child
Washington Arts Centre
Tuesday 1st – Saturday 5th December 2015

Olivier nominated playwright Emma Reeves’ new adaptation of the enchanting children’s tale Snow Child comes to Arts Centre Washington from the Tuesday 1st – Saturday 5th December.

As autumn leaves fall and the foxes, wolves and bears hide among the trees, Tutti Frutti Theatre Company present this magical story about family, love and the power of dreams.

Illustration by Jessica Knight
The first snow falls.  Watching the village children play, a lonely couple yearn for a child of their own. They build a small figure from the ice and snow, and wish very, very hard… until the strength of their longing brings the magical snow child to life before their eyes!

She’s a girl like no other. As she dances in the wild landscape and talks with the animals, she brings joy, fun and laughter to the whole village. But it’s not easy, bringing up a wild daughter of the blizzards and the wind. As the seasons turn, and winter gives way to spring and summer, will the Snow Child and her parents find their “happily ever after”?

Inspired by Arthur Ransom’s adaptation of The Little Daughter of the Snow, the play promises to be a winter wonderland of poignant, inventive storytelling to enchant children and families alike.

Last year playwright Emma Reeves adapted Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather for the stage and was subsequently nominated in the Best Entertainment & Family category at the 2015 Olivier Awards. Emma has also written some episodes for the forthcoming television version of Hetty Feather. She co-created and wrote the hit CBBC series Eve. Other TV credits include The Dumping Ground, Tracy Beaker Returns, Young Dracula and Sadie J.

Emma Reeves said about the new version:
“Director Wendy Harris approached me with her plans for adapting the old Russian tale, “The Snow Child” and I was instantly intrigued and could see how it could form the basis of a show which addressed fundamental questions about parents and children and, generally, what it means to be human. Like all the best legends, there are many versions available, some of which end happily, others not so much. But the central story is always there - two parents who yearn for a child so much that their very love and desperation wills her into being, and a child who loves her parents but doesn’t understand them - and vice versa.

Above all, I thought it was a magical story. I want our audience to love the character of the Snow Child as much as I do. I want them to feel they’ve been transported to a world where anything is possible, and met an irresistible heroine

It’s a story with a winter setting, which uses all the magic of winter - but ultimately I want it to be heart- warming”

Tickets for Snow Child are priced at £11 for adults and £10 for children or £37.50 for a family (admits 4), and can be obtained by visiting or by calling the Box Office on 0191 219 3455. 
Snow Child is suitable for children aged 3+ and their families. 

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