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Rapunzel comes of age in delightful re-telling

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

  • Twist: Gayle Newbolt is Rapunzel and Selina Zaza, right, plays Nan in Tutti Fruitti's modern version of the classic fairytale

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Acclaimed children's theatre company Tutti Frutti are returning to Lincoln Drill Hall on Saturday to celebrate their 21st anniversary with an enchanting new adaptation of a much loved story.

Rapunzel, the 2013 version, is an updated version of the classic for a modern young audience performed by Gayle Newbolt as Rapunzel, Selina Zaza as Nan and Max Gallagher as Rafi.

"It's a bit different, but not very, taking the traditional elements and playing with them," says playwright Mike Kenny, of his three character play for children aged three and upwards. "Like a lot of these fairytales, it's very black and white in its original form,"

For this new production focus shifts to what happens to Rapunzel in the tower, wsays Mike.

"We have her being raised by her Nan, who starts off as protective but becomes over-protective, and as the tower grows higher and higher, Rapunzel wants to see the world. She feels trapped in the tower and trapped in her relationship with this woman, who is viewed as a witch in the village."

Rapunzel's hair is a character in its own right.

"It becomes a weight that is tying her down and a symbol of her imprisonment," says Mike.

The biggest change is the Prince making way in the story for village boy Rafi.

"Rapunzel can see him from one of the windows, and instead of a prince, it is this boy she develops a relationship with," says director Wendy Harris. "He brings the outside world to her, so he's the catalyst for her to discover what lies beyond the tower."

Explaining the significance of the change, Wendy says: "We needed a device whereby younger children would engage with the story today, so by having two young characters, a girl and a boy, it becomes a play about their friendship, rather than a rescue by a prince.

"Rapunzel is empowered by the friendship, rather than a prince having to release her."

At its heart, Rapunzel is a story about growing up. "That's why we chose it for our 21st birthday show, as I very much wanted to do a piece on that theme," says Wendy.

Saturday, January 26 (2pm). Tickets: £7 (£22 family ticket available for families of four – two children and two adults). Box office: 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com

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