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Snow White and Rose Red
Snow White & Rose Red
Battersea Arts Centre
29 Nov - 30 Dec 2017
From £12.50
Saturday 02 December 2017

We certainly have to applaud RashDash theatre company for giving us a daring pantomime alternative this year. Snow White & Rose Red at Battersea Arts Centre is arguably the bravest, funniest and down right coolest show this season, appealing to girls, boys and adults, all in equal measure!

With a strong feministic undertone, vocals to impress and a rocking band, this classic Brothers Grimm fairytale just got a 21st century makeover. Our heroines Snow White and Rose Red are fierce and determined; they are the makers of their own destiny, or in this case of an untold story. They wear what they want; be it a combo of PJs, pearls and a wooly hat, or an awesome pair of pink boots. They love whom they love, and you guessed it, it’s not a handsome prince!

Don’t confuse this Snow White with the Disney version, you know, the one with the vain stepmother and the seven dwarfs. This Snow White, played by Helen Goalen, might sing: “I’m so nice, so stupidly nice”, is forgetful, and ever so flirtatious, but this White is certainly not a flake! Also don’t let the girlish appearance fool you, our protagonists are actually not girls at all, they are 30-year-old women, a fact that we are reminded of throughout the show. Rose Red (Abbie Greenland) is all fire and with vocals that could give Lady Gaga a run for her money. She likes to wrestle and fight, and would much rather play James Bond (not that a girl woman would ever get that part!)

The two sisters embark on a terrifying journey to save their friend, who happens to be a bear who loves to dance and drink tea (but is actually so much more than that). The cast of five, and one giant elf, are outstanding in delivering a very alternative pantomime, which has more of a rock concert vibe than a traditional Christmas production. The jokes are witty and sharp, the music makes you want to jump up and dance (and some of you will!) and the stage design might seem modest given that it’s a fairytale, but it is used to a brilliant effect.

Becky Wilkie, our narrator, who’s actually a snow angel in a 20s style dress, is worthy of a separate article, so brilliant, funny and somewhat sexy is her performance, in fact we kind of see Rose Red’s point – bet we’ve got you intrigued? Well, if you want something edgier, saucier and wittier this Christmas, then Snow White & Rose Red is just the ticket!

Snow White & Rose Red are at Battersea Arts Centre on 29th November – 30th December 2017. To book tickets, please visit the website

Curious Mum