Hansel & Gretel: a shadow theatre book
A dark tale brought to life in five laser cut panels. You can read it as a book or project the artwork onto a wall with a flashlight.
Includes a suite of 5 lasercut pages created by Virginia Flynn.
I was drawn to the Hansel & Gretel fairytale because there are so many ‘official’ versions of the story. The original fairytale was so bleak that the Brothers Grimm felt the need to lighten it up. Over the years they changed it seven times. It was originally a story created by the depths of famine where parents were forced to kill their children... not exactly a lighthearted romp through the woods! We all know different versions of the story. I wanted the book to include the main touchpoints but be flexible enough so the reader could adapt it for any audience.
Virginia started with this idea and then created the wonderful papercuts that defined the story. We reduced the scale of her large format papercuts so they fit in a compact book. The lasercut artwork can be viewed as a book or projected to create a great shadow show on any wall. Each panel of art has a small amount of accompanying text to highlight the action. The text is not weighted with any one of the many versions so you’re free to tell your own story.
The book is extended with a website that includes different scripts, sound effects, and links to other Hansel & Gretel resources. It is a site where you can download mp3’s of sound effects to add to your shadow theatre show: birdsongs for the forest section, creepy wind sounds, and other sound effects.
The books is bound by hand in Portland, Oregon. It comes in an acid free paper portfolio with a wooden base. Little walnut page holders in the shape of a witch’s cottage to keep the spreads open for show are included.
Photography by www.bruceforsterphotography.com