Writer: The Brothers Grimm
Adaptor: Wendy Rouse and Amanda Wilde
Director: Amanda Wilde
Reviewer: Molly Richardson
Mirror Mirror is a new version of the beloved fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, a tale that’s been passed through the generations and adapted time after time.
Poor Snow White’s mother has sadly passed, and she’s stuck with her wicked Step Mother who is determined to be the fairest in the land. Though Mirror Mirror is here to put a twist on what we already know – as we hear from the perspective of the Cook and the Maid who saw it all, and we witness Snow White in a more mature and wiser manner.
We cross paths with a few other Grimm characters in the bids for White’s death, so when the seemingly kind old lady offers her a juicy red apple, she questions if it’s poisoned, as she’s already been poisoned twice that week, and it’s not pleasant; but can she resist temptation?
With a cast of two, both Clare-Louise English and Naomi Gray play their respective array of characters with great physicality, warmth, and humour. The chemistry between Gray’s exaggerated and eccentric Mirror and English’s cold and callous Evil Queen is a particular highlight.
While the set doesn’t physically change; the music, lighting, costumes, and movement make transitions between scenes clear and they are beautifully crafted and well executed throughout. The use of puppetry is so delightful that even the audience leaving the theatre were longing for their own Eric the Dwarf.
Mirror Mirror is a charming adaption of a classic story, However, the ending (not giving away any spoilers) feels nonsensical. It is easy to understand what the company are trying to convey but the execution could be delivered in a way more in line with the rest of the show.
What makes Mirror Mirror really stand strong is its inclusivity, the show is BSL interpreted and captions are used throughout the performance, it’s exciting and refreshing to see, especially when touring smaller regional theatres.
Overall, It’s a wholesome family show that captures imaginations, giving joy and entertainment to adults and children alike. It makes one optimistic that theatre will continue to up its game in terms of making it accessible and enjoyable for all.
Reviewed on 17th February and tours until 25th Feb | Image: Robert Day