A Forest of Imagination for Hansel and Gretel

A Forest of Imagination for Hansel and Gretel

This glorious firethorn brings joy to our garden all winter - at a time when the year turns towards darkness, its berries burn bright.

The Forest of Imagination sprang to life out of Cambridge Youth Opera's production of Hansel and Gretel (to have been performed at the end of March 2020). In our version of this old favourite, the Forest took on a life of its own, strange and magical, beautiful and dangerous, peopled by spirits both protective and threatening. The children's artwork would have formed an entry to the theatre, leading the audience into this world.

It seemed fitting to show the hanging in the context of part of our Hansel and Gretel set, the "house made of cookies and sweeties and cakes" placed in the darkest, thorniest reaches of the Forest to trap unwary children. The spiky branches and fallen leaves on this hanging seem to evoke this side of the Forest.

By Caroline Coetzee; Artistic Director, Cambridge Youth Opera

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