Elmwood Theatre Production 2020
When 16-year-old Karen is adopted by a seemingly generous family, she quickly discovers that their benevolence is driven more by their miserly aspirations than their desire to care for an orphaned child. Despite her best efforts to please them, her world becomes unravelled when a strange, shape-shifting shoemaker convinces her to buy a pair of beautiful red shoes. No sooner does she put them on, than she finds her feet will not stand still. The magic and mischief that ensues leads Karen on a perilous journey, from which it would appear there is no return. This reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s dark fairy tale by playwright, Nancy Harris, examines similar themes of temptation and redemption found in the Dane’s original story, but her Irish manner of story-telling is both boisterous and strangely absurd. The Red Shoes is a dark and haunting comedy, in which the magic mirror-on-the-wall invites us to examine closely our own inclinations that serve to lure us down the collective rabbit-hole!
Suitable for ages 9+
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Performance Times in this form:
Wednesday, February 26 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 27 at 7 p.m.
Friday, February 28 at 7 p.m.