'What the Rattler has wind of
will always blow ill,
For the Rattler will take
what the Rattler will.'
Every year, around this time, the people of Hobsmoor gather to hear Hob and his band of players retell the legend of the Rattler, a cautionary tale on wanting and manipulation.
Alyson, a poor weaver’s daughter, is bored of her simple life and dreams of a different lot. Meanwhile Crown Prince Aiden longs to be free of his mother’s royal expectations. As the wind blows, their desires call the Rattler to Hobsmoor and it seems that all their wishes have been granted. But they soon discover that everything comes at a price.
The Rattler is a new interactive retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. Each performance begins with a series of music and craft activities and a colourful pageant. As the festivities unfold with lively, folk-infused music, puppetry and inventive storytelling, you are invited to help bring this age-old tale to life.
Suitable for ages 7+
Running time approx. 2 hours
...whimsically gothic ...a perfect afternoon treat
Wow. My I-don't-like-opera 8yrold just LOVED The Rattler @southbankcentre. Congrats @MahoganyOG!
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23 & 24 October 2016
Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli
24 September 2016
The Haymarket, Basingstoke, presented by Anvil Arts
4 September 2016
The Gulbenkian, Canterbury
30 & 31 July 2016
St Bees School, St Bees, presented by Rosehill
9 July 2016
Lichfield Festival, Lichfield Guildhall
8 July 2016
Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy, Walsall, presented by Lichfield Festival
3 July 2016
Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, presented by Jubilee Opera
2 July 2016
Young Norfolk Arts Festival, Norwich Castle
1 July 2016
Alderman Peel High School, Wells-next-the-Sea, presented by Young Norfolk Arts
26 June 2016
Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
25 June 2016
Imagine Watford Presented by Watford Palace Theatre
29 May 2016
Bury St Edmunds Festival, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
14 May 2016
Blackheath Halls, London
18 & 19 March 2016
Southbank Centre, London, part of Chorus
A Mahogany Opera Group production developed in association with Anvil Arts and Rosehill Theatre.
With thanks to Chichester Charitable Trust, John S Cohen Foundation, Colwinston Charitable Trust, Ernest Cook Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, John Wates Foundation, Newcomen Collett Foundation, PRS for Music Foundation, The Radcliffe Trust, The Reed Foundation, The Thistle Trust, Alan Britten, Linda Christmas, Geoffrey Collens, Ian & Rachel Hamilton, John L M Hughes CBE, Charles & Tessa King-Farlow, Claudia Pendred, Garth & Lucy Pollard, John & Madeleine Tattersall, Christian & Katie Wells and those who wish to remain anonymous