The renowned touring company will open its new home this Christmas with a production of The Little Matchgirl and Happier Tales .
Wise Children have announced that to celebrate its five years anniversary, they will be opening the doors of their new home to the public for the first time this Christmas with a re-telling of The Little Matchgirl and Happier Tales directed by the company’s Artistic Director Emma Rice.
Based in Somerset, The Lucky Chance will be launched as Wise Children’s new base, with the production beginning with an open dress rehearsal for local residents on 5th December and running until the 23rd December. In addition to this and in line with the new production, Wise Children has announced an access initiative for schools, with performances on 5, 6 and 7 December being offered free to local Frome primary schools.
The Lucky Chance, based in Frome, Somerset, was originally a Methodist Church, built in 1910. Over the past year, Wise Children have refurbished and repurposed it into their creation space, and a temporary, 60-seat venue.
Since forming in 2018, Wise Children have presented five productions Wise Children, Malory Towers, Romantics Anonymous, Bagdad Cafe and Wuthering Heights which have been seen across the UK and internationally. The company has also partnered with leading arts organisations, such as the National Theatre and London’s Old Vic, and their work has also been commissioned by the BBC and Sky Arts, with films reaching an estimated 300,000.
As the Little Matchgirl struggles to survive, she strikes her precious matches to keep warm. Each match conjures a new story, and we hold her hand as she tumbles down a rabbit hole of folk tales.
The Little Matchgirl and Happier Tales is inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen tale and combined with The Princess and the Pea and The Emperor’s New Clothes. This revival of the production is based on the original show written and co-adapted by Joel Horwood and Emma Rice, with music by Ian Ross. It was originally produced by and performed at Shakespeare’s Globe and Bristol Old Vic.
To find out more and to book tickets visit: https://www.wisechildrendigital.com/