Take a trip to the dark side of fairy tales in Luton show

Joseph Coelho has reimagined the Ugly Duckling, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Goldilocks
Joseph Coelho has reimagined the Ugly Duckling, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Goldilocks

An award-winning performance poet unravels the true stories behind fairy tales in a family show in Luton this week.

Joseph Coelho presents Fairy Tales Gone Bad at The Hat Factory tomorrow (Thursday) - but audiences expecting charming stories may be in for a surprise.

Joseph, who won the 2015 Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award, unwinds familiar tales to create fresh contemporary classics in two performances

In Fairy Tales Gone Bad: Grannylocks/The Monstrous Duckling, a show for young children aged three and above performed at 11.30am, a father returns home with a magical cloak that hides a story. It turns out that the Ugly Duckling was, and that Goldilocks was never a tale about a little girl but about a mean, thieving old granny.

Alternatively, join a mysterious vaudeville storyteller with a magical top-hat and coat in Fairy Tales Gone Bad: Zombie-rella/Blood-red Hood, a show for families aged six and above performed at 1.30pm. Discover the true tale of Cinderella, where she dies and becomes a zombie and falls in love with a vampire prince. And, of course, there’s the true tale of Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf-hunter who never leaves her home without her shield, axe and blood-red stained cloak.

Joseph said: “I was interested in re-examining the morals of these stories.

“For example, in the original Ugly Duckling story the duckling becomes a beautiful swan. The message seems to be, ‘You’re okay, you are beautiful’, and I thought, ‘No, the duckling should be OK with how he looks’.”

Visit www.lutonculture.com for tickets.