Dance Till You Bleed - The World According To Hans Christian Andersen

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01The Most Incredible Thing20191125

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy-tale adaptations by Lucy Catherine that shine a light into the dark regions of the author’s mind. Each of the dramas is introduced by best-selling author and fairy-tale aficionado, Joanne Harris.

A foolish king barters his daughter’s happiness when he issues a proclamation.

King ….. Clive Hayward
Princess ….. Scarlett Courtney
Nicholas ….. Greg Jones
Vandal ….. Ian Conningham
Lord Chamberlain ….. Adam Courting
Nightwatchman and Moses ….. Neil McCaul

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

Hans Christian Andersen jettisons the conventions of fairy tale logic, giving his characters realistic motivations for why they do what they do. He directly links the fantastical with the psychological . He subverts fairy tale logic whereby the good are beautiful and the bad, ugly. Without him, every fairy tale would end happily ever after and the true power of the genre might never have been realised.

Andersen acts as a tour guide, embarking on a journey through his imagination as he attempts to identify the source of his creativity.

The series delves into the darker tales including the later stories that anticipate Surrealism and Freud.

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy-tale adaptations.

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations

01The Most Incredible Thing20191125

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations by Lucy Catherine that shine a light into the dark regions of the author’s mind.

A foolish King barters with his daughter’s happiness when he issues a proclamation.

King ….. Clive Hayward
Princess ….. Scarlett Courtney
Nicholas ….. Greg Jones
Vandal ….. Ian Conningham
Lord Chamberlain ….. Adam Courting
Nightwatchman and Moses ….. Neil McCaul

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

Hans Christian Andersen jettisons the conventions of fairy tale logic, giving his characters realistic motivations for why they do what they do. He directly links the fantastical with the psychological . He subverts fairy tale logic whereby the good are beautiful and the bad, ugly. Without him, every fairy tale would end happily ever after and the true power of the genre might never have been realised.

Andersen acts as a tour guide, embarking on a journey through his imagination as he attempts to identify the source of his creativity.

The series delves into the darker tales including the later stories that anticipate Surrealism and Freud.

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations.

02The Red Shoes20191126

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy-tale adaptations by Lucy Catherine that shine a light into the dark regions of the author’s mind. Each of the dramas is introduced by best-selling author and fairy-tale aficionado, Joanne Harris.

A young girl’s escape from poverty comes at a terrible price. The antiheroine in this vicious tale was based on Andersen’s loathed half sister.

Karen ….. Shannon Tarbet
Lady ….. Jessica Turner
Mirror ….. Sinead MacInnes
Soldier ….. Ian Conningham
Shoemaker’s Wife ….. Lucy Reynolds
Reverend ….. Clive Hayward
Executioner ….. Neil McCaul

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy-tale adaptations.

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations

02The Red Shoes20191126

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations by Lucy Catherine that shine a light into the dark regions of the author’s mind.

A young girl’s escape from poverty comes at a terrible price. The anti-heroine in this vicious tale was based on Andersen’s loathed half-sister.

Karen ….. Shannon Tarbet
Lady ….. Jessica Turner
Mirror ….. Sinead MacInnes
Soldier ….. Ian Conningham
Shoemaker’s Wife ….. Lucy Reynolds
Reverend ….. Clive Hayward
Executioner ….. Neil McCaul

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations.

03Anne Lisbeth20191127

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy-tale adaptations by Lucy Catherine that shine a light into the dark regions of the author’s mind. Each of the dramas is introduced by best-selling author and fairy-tale aficionado, Joanne Harris.

A son rejected by his mother is given a way to exact retribution. Andersen’s own troubled relationship with his mother and his experience of childhood bullying infuse this tale of haunting strangeness.

Anne ….. Amanda Hale
Mrs E ….. Heather Craney
Son ….. Will Kirk
Skipper ….. Adam Courting

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy-tale adaptations.

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations

03Anne Lisbeth20191127

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations by Lucy Catherine that shine a light into the dark regions of the author’s mind.

A son rejected by his mother is given a way to exact retribution. Andersen’s own troubled relationship with his mother and his experience of childhood bullying infuse this tale of haunting strangeness.

Anne ….. Amanda Hale
Mrs E ….. Heather Craney
Son ….. Will Kirk
Skipper ….. Adam Courting

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations.

04The Ice Maiden20191128

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations by Lucy Catherine that shine a light into the dark regions of the author’s mind. Each of the dramas is introduced by best-selling author and fairy-tale aficionado, Joanne Harris.

Rudy hovers on the brink of romantic happiness but first he must face the ice maiden. One of the inspirations for Frozen but here, in Andersen’s original, Elsa is a far more terrifying creation.

Rudy ….. Joseph Ayre
Babette ….. Sinead MacInnes
Ice Maiden ….. Laura Christie
Miller ….. Ian Conningham
Cat ….. Clive Hayward

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy-tale adaptations.

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations

04The Ice Maiden20191128

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations by Lucy Catherine that shine a light into the dark regions of the author’s mind.

Rudy hovers on the brink of romantic happiness but first he must face the ice maiden. One of the inspirations for Frozen but here, in Andersen’s original, Elsa is a far more terrifying creation.

Rudy ….. Joseph Ayre
Babette ….. Sinead MacInnes
Ice Maiden ….. Laura Christie
Miller ….. Ian Conningham
Cat ….. Clive Hayward

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations.

05The Wicked Prince20191129

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy-tale adaptations by Lucy Catherine that shine a light into the dark regions of the author’s mind. Each of the dramas is introduced by best-selling author and fairy-tale aficionado, Joanne Harris.

A power-hungry prince ignores the voices of reason as he embarks on a campaign of dominion over all things.

The Prince ….. Craig Parkinson
Captain of the Guard ….. Ian Conningham
Enemy Emissary ….. Ikky Elyas
Keeper of the Coin ….. Greg Jones
Advisors ….. Clive Hayward and Jessica Turner

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy-tale adaptations.

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations

05The Wicked Prince20191129

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations by Lucy Catherine that shine a light into the dark regions of the author’s mind.

A power-hungry prince ignores the voices of reason as he embarks on a campaign of dominion over all things.

The Prince ….. Craig Parkinson
Captain of the Guard ….. Ian Conningham
Enemy Emissary ….. Ikky Elyas
Keeper of the Coin ….. Greg Jones
Advisors ….. Clive Hayward and Jessica Turner

Directed by Gemma Jenkins

Toby Jones stars as Hans Christian Andersen in five fairy tale adaptations.