The Tinder Box

The Tinder Box

'The Tinderbox' was the Unity Christams show 2006/07 and a co production between Hope St Ltd, the Unity Theatre and ourselves.

This Christmas unity , in collaboration with Hope Street and Ullaloom bring you a unique retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's wonderful tale, The Tinder box.

A poor, bedraggled and downtrodden soldier marches home through the forest where he meets a cunning witch.

She begs him to climb into an old tree trunk to fetch her grandmother's tinder box and promises great treasures in return...So, the brave soldier is plunged into a magical and frightening world where he encounters unimaginable wealth, dogs with eyes as big as saucers, and a beautiful princess, locked away by a possessive father. But can he double-cross the sorceress and live happily ever after? And just what is the mysterious power of the tinderbox?

The Tinder Box continues unity 's 20 year passion for traditional stories told in an untraditional way and this year we have brought together an excellent new team. Director Paula Simms , composer Patrick Dineen and Ullaloom Theatre Company between them have many years experience producing and devising theatre for children and young people and designer Becs Andrews was awarded the Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design in 2003.

...it is a fascinating story, which when I saw it kept an audience of young children absolutely spellbound...
Liverpool Daily Post


A school matinee certainly puts panto to the test. And this show passes with flying colours, enchanting the audience with setting, effects and costume, all as splendid as the cast.
The Stage

They say good things come in small packages...the Tinderbox is proof positive of that...
Liverpool Echo 8/10



Filippo Fiori - Soldier
Lucy Brite - Cat, Queen, and Orchid Misanthrope
Bekah Sloan - Witch, Nanny and Gretchen
Ross Mckenzie - Tom O'Shea and King
Aiden Le Brooks - Billal Farouq and dog
Rosie Mclaughlin - Princess and Treetop Lebanum
Director - Paula Simms
Composer - Patrick Dineen
Costume/set - Becs Andrews

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