Bedtime stories with a bite
Two people, perhaps complete strangers, go to bed together. But what happens next?
Gripped by the Great Freeze of 1947, with wolf-whistling spivs and other
predatory characters skulking round every corner, London could be a dangerous
place for an unwary girl. In this immersive theatre installation, audiences
are invited to step back in time into the bedroom of young waitress Ruby Hunter,
where they listen to an apparently familiar tale unfold. But there is always more
than one side to every story. What really happened? How well do we ever know the
people we get into bed with?
Through the curtain and between the sheets, in the space between fairy tale and
wickedly subversive horror, Big Teeth weaves together elements of Red Riding Hood,
1940s detective serials and recorded sound into a bedtime story with a bite.
Big Teeth was originally developed with Upstart Theatre as part of Upstart's
second annual DARE Festival, and staged in the atmospheric basement beneath Shoreditch
Town Hall. Making their way through eerie cellar space The Ditch, festivalgoers could
explore Ruby's bedroom, listen to a crackling soundscape playing from her radio,
sit at her dressing table and flick through her movie magazines, and then climb
into her bed to hear her story unfold.
Caravansérail, London, 23-24 February 2018
Shoreditch Town Hall, 29-30 September 2017
Treadwell's Bookshop, 20-22 October 2017
Ruby - Elizabeth Dearnley
Stephen - David Sturzaker
Director - James Blakey
Sound Design and Audio Editing - Tamsin Dearnley
Production Assistant - Mieke Dodd
Written and designed by
for Red Hood Productions
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Developed with
Upstart Theatre at DARE Festival with further support from the Bloomsbury Festival.