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Grimm (Hypnotist Theatre Company)

By | Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

Identity, innocence and memory are all expertly played with in a Kickstarter-funded show from this Oxford student ensemble. Aoife is desperately trying to remember who she is, her memories resurfacing under the guise of familiar fairytales. Black humour, a conversational script and some brilliantly visceral props bring a modern chill to these old morality stories – and any group who casts the witch from Hansel and Gretel as a forceful, manic-eyed maitre d’ wins a vote from me. The truth gradually unfolds in a series of fragmented, darkly absurd vignettes that effectively mimic a damaged mind trying to put itself back together. And once all the pieces are in place, it becomes clear why some things are truly so grim, you might choose to forget them completely.

C too, until 16 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Laura Gavin]