Gender Equality and Rumpelstiltskin

Posted on December 7th, 2014 by - 0 comments

Rumplestiltskin The Egg Bath

I love a good evening at the theatre, and I am passionate about gender equality. It’s not often the two get combined in one delightful package!

My local theatre, The Theatre Royal Bath, has a dedicated children’s space, The Egg. This Christmas season they are showing Rumpelstiltskin (they don’t go in for traditional ‘sacchariney’ shows). I went to see it last week and as we left my (grown up) son nudged me and said ‘Bet you get a blog post out of this, Mum’.

I hate to be so predictable but…here’s the post! I just couldn’t resist.

If you don’t know the story, it was originally written down by the Brothers Grimm and is a rather harrowing tale of a Miller who, in order to curry favour with the king, tells him his daughter can spin gold from straw. The daughter is imprisoned under threat of death, until a frightening (to me when I first read it) imp helps her, but in return extracts a promise of being given the first born child (I’m skipping bits!). The daughter marries the king, (why, I used to think, when he wanted to kill her and only wanted her for her money?)

The Egg script deals with all that. The Miller is not a very strong man and his daughter rules the roost. She’s not a traditional wimpy heroine but a strong woman with even stronger opinions on gender equality. She eventually marries the king because she wants the power to change things for the better; she’s a brilliant character and more than that, she’s a brilliant role model for young children.

I don’t want you to think this is preachy and worthy; it’s not. It’s very funny and really well acted. And did I mention that Rumpelstiltskin is played by a woman? There is nothing airy fairy or weak about the women in this show! In fact, all the cast are quite wonderful. I’m not related to any of them so am being totally unbiased when I say if you want to see a really good show this holiday season, go to the Egg. The gender equality bit is an unexpected extra!

To find out more this link will take you to The Egg website.

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