Hamelin reinvented

A DEVISED contemporary version of the 700-year old legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin comes to the Egg at Theatre Royal Bath, from Tuesday 12th to Thursday 14th April.

The production, by Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School, directed by Jenny Davies, reimagines Hamelin as a police drama, brought to the stage with a cast of 22 young actors, aged 14 to 16 years, from Bath, Bristol, Chippenham, Frome, Langford, Trowbridge and Wells.

When a mysterious stranger comes to Hamelin, promising to solve the town’s troubles, will the townsfolk hold up their end of the bargain? What magic lies in music, what stories hide in song, what really happened in Hamelin 700 years ago and why does it still matter?

Join Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School in this quest to uncover the truth behind a folk story we all think we know. The reinvention has been created collaboratively, drawing on historical theories, fairy-tales and mischievous humour. The result is described as “a love letter to elements of historical folk horror, from traditional tales to the Grimm Brothers.”

As well as the actors, ten Theatre School members will be working backstage alongside a professional team on lights, sound, stage management, costumes and props. The original music has been composed by Alex Heane.