If you go down to the park today, you’re in for a big surprise. Red Riding Hood is walking through the trees, looking for her granny; the Woodcutter is on the hunt for the suspect in her disappearance – the Wolf, who is lurking in the bushes, attempting to lure more unsuspecting pensioners into the undergrowth.
As audiences wander down the path, they glimpse the characters, picked out in spotlight, set against the backdrop of a beautifully landscaped garden and the gothic house at the centre of it. They catch a flash of red as she skips along a path, hear the rasping sound of an axe being sharpened and the sound of a Wolf licking his lips in the bush just behind.
Red Riding Hood was specially commissioned by Magnetic Events as part of their night time art trail ‘Enchanted Parks’ at Saltwell Park, Gateshead in December 2008 – – winner of ‘The Best Event Tyneside’ at the Journal Culture Awards 2008.
Robin Morely from Magnetic wrote: ‘A fable of night time terror mixed with satire was played out across the frot n park lawn, up wintery tree lined pathways into the very darkest leafy corners…The thousands of families who came laughed and were spooked as the wolf attempted to lure grannies into the bushes. They all came back for more!’
Director and Designer: Paschale Straiton, Puppet makers: Pickled Image, Performers and Lighting Operators: Paschale Straiton, Dik Downey, and Vicky Andrews with 8 volunteers from Northumberland University.