The Red Shoes

Fri 3rd – Sat 18th Aug 2018


“The highly acclaimed Young Pleasance brings the glitz, glamour, and seedy underworld of interwar Berlin to life ”





Young Pleasance


The highly acclaimed Young Pleasance brings the glitz, glamour, and seedy underworld of interwar Berlin to life with characteristic exemplary production values in their reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's tale, The Red Shoes. This world premiere follows Lotta as her Red Shoes lead her on a rags to riches journey from the steps of an orphanage through the hedonism of Berlin’s dance halls and, finally, as an actress on the silver screen while Germany teeters on the brink of disaster.

With their trademark large-scale ensemble cast and production values way and above anything in Edinburgh (Broadway Baby), Young Pleasance is back with a shimmy and shake in this vivaciously light production with disturbingly dark undertones.

Young Pleasance is celebrating its 23rd year on the Fringe; since its inception in 1995 this prolific producing arm of Pleasance has involved over 650 young people. The Red Shoes features 25 talented actors ranging in age from 16 to 21 from across the UK, as well as five young technicians and backstage staff.

Young Pleasance Director Kathryn Norton-Smith comments, The formidable artistic partnership of Joanna Billington and Tim Norton will once again be collaborating for this year’s thrilling reinvention of The Red Shoes. YP alumnus Rebecca Wilson will be assistant director, as we continue to forge partnerships with exciting new creative talent within this year’s ensemble. The Red Shoes, with its themes of discrimination and the obstacles for a young person following their dreams seem more relevant than ever in today's world. I am also proud that this year's cohort is more diverse than ever, hailing from around the country and from a wide range of backgrounds.

Young Pleasance is part of Pleasance Futures, The Pleasance Theatre Trust’s initiative providing a launch pad for the very best emerging talent and the brightest new ideas. With soaring ambition and a wellspring of youthful energy, Young Pleasance is truly incubating the stars of the future, with alumni going on to work with the RSC, the Barbican, Trafalgar Studios and the Globe as well as in TV and film! Rebecca Wilson, assistant director of The Red Shoes, is herself a graduate of Young Pleasance.

…a visual treat from the get-go; a five-star opening set, and one stunning turn of costumes after another… The ensemble cast shows precision timing and direction, and the high production values are obvious (The Scotsman).

Admission: £7.50(£6.50)

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