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Stage Editorial

gingerbread19.jpg There’s a Gingerbread Witch about!

The mystical children’s tale ‘The Gingerbread Witch’ at Northern Stage is a massive achievement for the region as the creative process was entirely deaf-led.

Based on the Deaffest UK award-winning animated short film ‘The Gingerbread Witch’, the story concerns young twins Anders (who is deaf) and Aurora (who is hearing). The pair share a very special bond. They live in the Scottish village of Oban, where people are kind and friendly but have very little time to spare. Children have been mysteriously disappearing from the village for many years, until one day, Anders and Aurora stumble across an enchanted object and find themselves in the middle of an adventure. Can they solve the riddle of the missing children? (Spoilers: probably.) The project has been put together by Newcastle based Paul Miller, the founder and Director of Rory’s Studio. As a Deaf British Sign Language user, he strives to illuminate deaf culture within mainstream forums. Prepare yourself for enchantments. (All performances are British Sign Language interpreted. Ages 4+.)

The Gingerbread Witch, Friday 25 & Saturday 26 October, Northern Stage, Newcastle, Friday 11am & 6pm, Saturday 1.30pm & 4.30pm, £8.50/£10.50. northernstage.co.uk