When the story becomes so big, it passes for the world
"A truly imaginative, well-constructed fairytale" - ★★★★ - Everything Theatre
"Old fashioned fairytales told with heart" - Views from the Gods
Glass Mountain is critically acclaimed London theatre company Broken Glass's fifth major show. After a successful Kickstarter Campaign and a well received run in London during the summer of 2014, Glass Mountain continues its 2015 UK Tour
with a performance at The Leper Chapel in Cambridge on 6th December at 2pm.
An original fairytale, the production draws on material from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen to tell a new tale: the story of Little Hans, the boy who knows no fear, as he travels with his cousin the storyteller Lukoje to the other side of the Darkling Wood. Hans is in pursuit of his truelove Lind, who is on her own journey: to the Glass Mountain to fly with the witches.
Combining storytelling theatre with puppetry and a live musical soundtrack, Glass Mountain is an encounter with witches, fairies, cat-hunters and bone-boilers, and will spellbind young and old alike.
for full press details.
to view Vicky's writer's notes on the play.
See a snippet from our summer 2014 run of Glass Mountain, in London's beautiful St George's Gardens:
We also produced a number of preview videos during the Kickstarter campaign in 2014 featuring interviews with cast and crew members, along with performance and musical snippets - all can be viewed on our youtube playlist below:
The Story: An Original Fairytale
Glass Mountain is an original fairytale based on material from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and a wealth of anonymous sources which come to us down the centuries. This might seem like something of a contradiction in terms: in the fairytale forest there is really no such thing as a new story - somewhere, it's all been told before. So we thought about what was common to these tales - what desires, fears and expectations lie at their foundation. Glass Mountain is intended to capture something of this.
The journey of Little Hans, the boy who knows no fear, through the Darkling Wood to rescue his truelove Lind from the witches, is a story about love and loss. Lind's own journey with the witches, to fly off the top of the Glass Mountain, is also a tale of love, but of the spirit of adventure and imagination too. Finally, the third of our three travellers, the storyteller Lukoje, reveals Glass Mountain as a play about the power of telling stories - even if, as the Princess Violet tells him, they are the wrong kinds of stories. Along the way, the three encounter some familiar characters, who in the context of this new tale assume new meanings: the Marquis de Carabas, hero of the Puss in Boots story, who turns out to be not a friend of cats but a cat-catcher; his wife Violet, a Little Red Riding Hood who has married the wolf; and Baba Yaga, the witch in the centre of the forest who is as interested in marriage as she is in dark magic.
There are obvious influences from the classics, such as Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, not only in the source material, but in the style of writing. Flood's script is charming and it nods to those famous masters of literature rather than disrespects them. In the stories which Lukoje tells on his journey with Little Hans - such as the tale of the cat-catcher - the way in which Flood frames the dialogue is beautiful... An engaging work, clearly put together with a lot of love. Get ready for a few hours of old-fashioned fairytales, written well and told with heart.
- View from the Gods
Anyone who enjoys fairytales will delight in seeing this fresh production. While the piece is an original work there are nods to existing fairytales throughout, with various clever twists on familiar characters such as Little Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots' Marquis de Caribas... The play had a mature, definite Shakespearean air to it, and with its narration shared seamlessly between the characters and the beautiful live music by Tom Ward, it appealed - as the audience showed - to both young and old... A truly imaginative, well-constructed fairytale.
- Everything Theatre.
Glass Mountain is all about variation. Actors take on multiple roles, playing anything from a storyteller to a cat, the musician changes instruments, tapping on one and then strumming on another and props range from talking puppets to life-size wolf costumes. ...Watched by a mixed audience, there was something for everyone... The production brings dark twists to childish fairy tales.
- Made in Camden
St George's Gardens, London, July/August 2014