Insane Root’s Rumpelstiltskin at the New Room

Insane Root - Rumpelstiltskin

The oldest Methodist chapel in the world is to be transformed for theatre performance in Bristol.

Insane Root Theatre Company – Rumpelstiltskin

Award-winning Insane Root Theatre Company will be transforming the historic New Room in the heart of Broadmead in Bristol Shopping Quarter for a production of iconic Brothers’ Grimm folk tale Rumpelstiltskin from 4 October – 1 November 2019 – perfectly in time for Halloween!

The immersive performance will be the first of its kind at the venue, which has previously hosted live music, script-in-hand and spoken word events. Designed to bring communities together & break down economic/class barriers to religious worship, the New Room is now a serene oasis & heritage site in the heart of Broadmead: perfect for intimate, candle-lit storytelling.

The Insane Root Theatre Company have already built a reputation for taking their performances to unusual locations around Bristol; including productions of Orpheus and Eurydice in the Suspension Bridge Vaults, Macbeth at the Redcliffe Caves, The Tempest in St John on the Wall’s Crypt and most recently Romeo & Juliet in Eastville Park Swimming Pool.

The show

This haunting production will feature a brand new script by award winning Bristol writer Matt Grinter (Papatango winner 2017 – Orca) and an original score by composer Ellie Showering. A cast of three professional performers will weave in and amongst the audience while an absorbing sound design will transform the atmosphere.

Director Hannah Drake says: ‘Storytelling is at the heart of what we do so we’re really excited to be moving beyond Shakespeare to bring this creepy tale to life in such a beautiful setting. Like so many people I grew up reading stories by the Brothers Grimm and the imagery in them lingers far beyond the first read – Matt’s script really captures that traditional sense of getting under your skin, but he’s also brought humanity and wit to the characters to make it feel fresh and relevant to our modern world.’

Producer, Justin Palmer says: ‘We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the New Room and in another historic Bristol gem. This production will be a fantastic opportunity to bring new audiences into the chapel and increase awareness of a key part of Bristol’s history. It also provides us with the chance to work with wonderful Bristol playwright Matt Grinter and open up our repertoire of storytelling to the public.’

Further information

Rumpelstiltskin in the New Room runs from 4 October – 1 November at 6.45pm and 8:30pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Running time: approx 65 mins | Not recommended for childen under 10 years of age

This is an immersive production so you will be standing, walking and occasionally sitting. If you have access needs please contact the company. This production is wheelchair accessible.

Interpreted performances available 17 October – BSL user discount applies

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