A FAIRY TALE OF WORLD WAR II
Bridport Arts Centre, May 15th, 2015
£10 / £8 / £6
In the heart of blitzed out London, a starving little girl sees visions that ultimately lead her to Babelsberg Film Studios in Nazi Germany, where a propaganda weapon known as the "Truth Bomb" is being developed in secret. How can she stop them? What does one girl have that the entire Nazi war machine does not?
A fantastical journey through the heart of fairy tales, where magic and brutality run hand-in-hand, A Fairy Tale of World War II melds inspirations from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, the Italian folktale collections of Italo Calvino, with World War II propaganda films from both sides of the channel.
A Fairy Tale of World War II is suffused with a rich and melodic original music score, with nods to mechanical music, the songs of Variety theatre, and cinema scores, arranged for pianos, banjo, musical saw, strings, and wind-organs.
Performed by a combination of adults and children, A Fairy Tale of World War II reflects on childhood, the horrors of war, death, and magic, playing games with cross-media storytelling as it travels through its dreamlike narrative.
The project was made possible by a grant from PRS for Music Foundation.