presented by 1927
5th October to 30th October . 7:45pm Tuesday to Saturday, 3pm matinees Thursday & Saturday .
£12.50 - £27 full price, £10 - £24.50 concessions
What tales to tell in such strange times?
Sitting on a shelf in the British library is an unassuming red book.
“The Aarne index” has categorised thousands of folktales, offering a glimpse into the imaginations of pre-industrialised people. 1927’s Roots is a medley of these rarely-told stories, an anthology of ancient folk tales by anonymous authors.
Tales of tyrannical ogres, magic bird's hearts and very, very fat cats are brought to life with 1927's signature fusion of handcrafted animation and storytelling. With a live score involving Peruvian prayer boxes, donkeys jaws, violins and musical saws, Roots playfully considers the narratives of the past and how they might shape the stories of our future.
In 2020, with all planned touring cancelled due to the pandemic, 1927 adapted Roots into a BBC Radio 3 Drama 1927’s Decameron Nights. We loved our radio experience, but now, at last, Roots is back on stage! And where better to share it with you, than the wondrous Wilton’s Music Hall?!
Come and join us for a night of graphically glorious, twisted tales.
Roots is a 1927, Edinburgh International Festival, HOME Manchester, Spoleto Festival USA & Théâtre de la Ville Paris co-production.
Running time: 70 minutes, no interval
Production images © Leigh Webber
Creative & Production Team
Created by 1927
Writer & Director Suzanne Andrade
Animation & Design Paul Barritt
Composer Lillian Henley
Costume Design Sarah Munro
Co-Director Esme Appleton
Producer Jo Crowley
Assistant Director Dominic Biddle
Animation Assistant Anne Rotzek
Performance Associate Genevieve Dunne
Composer's Assistant Max Gallagher
Production Manager Nathan Johnson
Performers David Insua-Cao, Francesca Simmons, Philippa Hambly and Hannah Miller’
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