By Charles Way
A dance drama that won for the author the Arts Council of England’s Children’s Award in 2004.
The play tells the story of Franvera who lives in a country ‘so very near so very far away’ who on her birthday is given a pair of red dancing shoes. When her country collapses into war and ethnic cleansing, the shoes become both her link with her old life and also a symbol of the trauma she suffers.
The play was originally written for a cast size of seven, but has also been performed by four, very energetic actor/dancers.
- Old lady
- Red Beard
(The cast takes on various roles as villagers, soldiers, children etc.)
Red Red Shoes was first produced in a co-production between The Unicorn Theatre and The Place. It has since been performed in America and Germany and by the City of London School for Girls with a cast of around 40.
Suitable for 8 to 13 year-olds.