News: 10 captioned performances confirmed for The Girl with the Iron Claws

Following rave reviews from its run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011, and a UK tour in 2012, house can confirm that the new tour of The Girl with the Iron Claws will include 10 captioned performances. For many venues this will be their first captioned performance. It will also be the first time the production has been made accessible to the Deaf and hard of hearing.

House have worked alongside charity STAGETEXT to provide this service, with captions not only telling audiences what’s being said, but also including information on sound effects to offer an inclusive theatrical experience.  house are currently developing further captioned tours for their autumn season.

Mark Makin, programme manager at house: “Our group of regional programmers felt very strongly that this production should be pa rt of our 2013 season. It amazed and delighted audiences last year and we wanted to share this gem with our audiences in the East and South East of England. We are very proud to make this our first tour with captioning, ensuring this great production is even more accessible.”

The Girl with the Iron Claws, the debut show from theatre company The Wrong Crowd, is an inventive take on a dark Nordic fairy-tale, which shares its roots with Beauty and the Beast.  At the heart of the story is the willful daughter of a king, who feels like a misfit. She dares to defy her family and to follow her longing and one night a dream leads her deep into a forest, where an encounter with a white bear sets her on a fateful path.

The Wrong Crowd’s Hannah Mulder first heard the dark, Scandinavian tale of The Girl with the Iron Claws “from an amazing storyteller on a yurt on Dartmoor in midwinter”. Hannah, and the company’s co-founder Rachael Canning, have sought to capture the mystery and magic in this production, featuring a headstrong heroine who makes a much better role model than the usual Disney princesses. The production features scene-stealing puppets, created and designed by Rachael.

The story tells the tale of a princess who rebels against her safe, dull life in the palace, and ventures into the woods where she meets an enchanted bear, cursed by the Troll Queen to spend his days as a bear and his nights in his true, human form. Hannah Mulder: “We want audiences to feel like they’re entering another world. They are invited to enter the world of the story; it’s quite absorbing and magical. We want the audience to feel like they’re having a live conversation with the piece – their imagination has to come into play.”

Spring 2013 /  house tour schedule

Venue Date
Bedford Theatre Tuesday 30 April
West End Centre, Aldershot  Thursday 2 May
The Point, Eastleigh  Friday 3 May
Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth Saturday 4 May
Winchester Discovery Centre  Sunday 5 May
Norwich Playhouse  Wednesday 8 May Captioned
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead Thursday 9 May Captioned
The Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Bordon  Saturday 11 May Captioned
Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells Sunday 12 May
South Street, Reading  Tuesday 14 May Captioned
New Greenham Arts Centre  Wednesday 15 May Captioned
St. George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth  Friday 17 May Captioned
Harlow Playhouse  Sunday 19 May Captioned
Diss Corn Hall  Thursday 23 May Captioned
The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft  Friday 24 May Captioned
King’s Lynn Arts Centre  Saturday 25 May Captioned
PULSE Festival, Ipswich Sunday 2 June Captioned