The Mahogany Opera Group recreates the original story of Rumpelstiltskin for children
The Rattler is an interactive retelling of a story familiar to us from Grimm’s Fairy Tales although the original story is much older. With music by Stephen Deazley and words by Martin Riley this new adaptation combines a folk-infused score with storytelling and puppetry to tell a cautionary tale about greed.
Every year the people of Hobsmoor gather to hear Hob and his band of players relate the legend of the Rattler. Alyson, a poor weaver’s daughter, is bored by her simple life and dreams of something different. 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.
Designed for families, each performance begins with a series of music and craft activities. The first performance, a schools preview, is part of the Chorus Schools Singing Day at the Southbank Centre.
The Mahogany Opera Group’s production of The Rattler, by Stephen Deazley and Martin Riley, a new opera for families in association with Anvil Arts and Rosehill, has its public premiere at the Royal Festival Hall on March 19 and will later tour.