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Nov 23, 2015

In this episode, we look at two very different non-pantomime versions of the Snow White story that can be seen this Christmas.

Natasha Holmes is artistic director of Yorkshire-based Tell Tale Hearts, a company that creates highly visual participatory theatre for children and families based on ideas from the children themselves.

Just before rehearsals began, Natasha talked to us about a version of the popular fairy tale that features Yorkshire miners as well as aerial performance from outdoor theatre specialists Pif-Paf.

The production is at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield from 11 to 27 December 2015.

Newcastle-based balletLORENT is currently touring its new dance version of Snow White created by the same team as last year's Rapunzel. Choreographer Liv Lorent spoke to us about this collaboration with Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and composer Murray Gold, better-known for his music for the TV series Doctor Who.

Snow White from balletLORENT began its tour in October 2015 at Northern Stage in Newcastle. From December 2015 to April 2016, it will visit The Lowry in Salford, Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Sadler’s Wells in London and Oxford Playhouse.

(Image credits: Gavin Joynt & Bill Cooper)