Bursting with memorable tunes (from folksy harmonies to power ballads, with a nod to singing styles from decades past and present), comedic touches both slapstick and satirical, contemporary cultural issues, a 'mashup' of fairy tale plots and a twist on traditional panto devices, it's a two hour (including interval) riotous 'romp' of a rollercoaster ride as our two feisty heroines ('women' not girls) go on a fraught quest spurred on by love.
A fairy story within a fairy story and seasonal as a tale that includes snow, a character called Snow Angel, a villain with a frozen heart and a countdown to Christmas Eve (when the story reaches its thrilling denouement), what more could we ask for in family entertainment to suit the festive season? With a panto villain called Graham (a very small man with a very long beard - echoes of Rumpelstiltskin anyone?), a hero prince dressed in bear's clothing (Beast?), the OTT panto dame role a larger than life but silent elf, and not one but two older (thirtysomething rather than teenage) heroines doing their own thing, this is a superbly and successfully subversive seasonal show that truly will bring a warm glow to your heart.
The cast of just six - the super talented RashDash Company - had a synergy that suggests a group of like-minded friends with a very deep bond having a hoot of a time together, quite aside from professionally entertaining audiences as super-skilled storytellers and songsters too! Acting and singing seemingly from their hearts and souls, the energy this small troupe brought to the stage filled us with a warm and cosy festive feeling bringing Christmas cheer to an otherwise dull, damp, drizzly December day. Their talent shone through the entirety of the show like a star of wonder, star of light.
We have enjoyed many shows as a family but have found, as the children have grown to adolescence, that it's increasingly a challenge to find theatre that truly ticks all the boxes. 'Snow White and Rose Red' is that rarity, and so much enjoyed by all of us that we may just fit in another trip to see it with extended family members before its BAC Christmas run is up. Whatever your age (except for toddlers who may find a few scenes frightening), it is guaranteed to leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling - an inner glow even - encapsulating joy, happiness and goodwill - surely the very essence of what Christmas is all about? Enjoy!