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Fairy Tale

Fairy tales shape our imagination. As children their fantasy strikes us as vivid and compelling and as adults their simple surface often seems a shimmering veil over a more profound if disturbing reality. They're distorting mirrors where for a moment at least a prince can look like a frog and a pea can leave a bruise on the soft flesh of a sleeping princess. The actors Hayley Atwell and Tim Pigott-Smith invite us for a stroll in this deep, dark wood - haunted by, Medtner, Syzmanowski, Dvorak and Humperdinck on one side of the twisting path and by Sylvia Townsend Warner, the Brothers Grimm and Margaret Atwood on the other.

Producer: Zahid Warley.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Sun 1 Dec 2013 18:00

Producer's Note

Fairy tales shape our imagination. As children their fantasy strikes us as vivid and compelling and as adults their simple surface often seems a shimmering veil over a more profound if disturbing reality. They're distorting mirrors, if you like,  where for a moment at least a prince can look like a frog and a pea can leave a bruise on the soft flesh of a sleeping princess. The actors Hayley Atwell and Tim Pigott-Smith invite us for a stroll in this deep, dark wood. To one side of the twisting path lie the Schumann of Marchenbilder,  Medtner’s elfin Skazki, the lunar beauty of Syzmanowski’s Fairy Tale, Dvorak’s Rusalka and  Hansel and Gretel; while on the other lurk Carol Ann Duffy’s Sheherazade, Philip Pullman’s  Grimm Tales and Sylvia Townsend Warner’s small feline familiar as well, of course,  as Hans Christian Andersen and a palely loitering Keats…in fact, a whole world of enchantment.

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