Tales of beauty and horror

Beasts and Beauties - Eight Tales from Europe, playing at the Bristol Old Vic 2 April to 1 May, has music composed by the acclaimed Norwegian musician Terje Isungset. The percussionist and composer will also give a one night only solo concert at the same venue on 28 April at 8pm.

01/04/2004 ::  

Beasts and Beauties - Eight Tales From Europe
Retold by Carol Ann Duffy (2004)
Adapted by Melly Still and Tim Supple (2004)
Produced in association with the National Theatre of Bergen, Norway

These sometimes funny, often gruesome, but always beautifully told stories have enchanted children and adults alike for generations. The tales range from farce to satire, romance to horror and include Beauty and the Beast, the wife-killing Bluebeard, the child-eating mother of The Juniper Tree and the nakedly ambitious Emperor in The Emperor's New Clothes. All eight tales are performed in one evening by the same ensemble of eight performers in eight contrasting settings, drawing from a variety of nations and periods of history: from Toby and the Wolf set mischievously in1950s communist Czechoslovakia to Beauty and the Beast set in beautiful Renaissance Italy.

Music has been composed by the Norwegian Terje Isungset, one of Europe's most innovative percussionists and composers. Working mostly with free improvisation and unlikely instruments, his critically acclaimed recordings include Iceman Is, an album recorded using instruments made purely from ice.

Terje Isungset will give a solo concert at the Bristol Old Vic 28 April at 8pm.

Performance times:
Monday - Saturday 7.30pm
(no 7.30pm performance Wednesday 21, 27 and 28 april)
Thursday and Saturday 2pm
Tuesday 27 April 1.30pm

Press Night: Tuesday 6 April at 7.30pm

Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol BS14ED
Box Office: 0117 987 7877

Ticket prices
Evenings and Weekends
Adults £12, £15, £17.50
Children/concessions £8, £12, £15
Families (2 adults + 2 children) £25, £44, £50

Adults £8, £12, £15
Children/concessions £7, £10, £12
Families (2 adults + 2 children) £20, £40, £44

Schools, £6, £8

Produced in association with the National Theatre, Bergen, Norway

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Terje IsungsetPhoto: C.F. Wesenberg