Belfast actress Christine McGowan has hit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, kicking off with a bang by appearing in sold-out shows in just the opening week, as well as achieving an outstanding first official review.
As part of the Fourth Monkey Theatre Company, Christine can be seen in two shows – most notably as Little Red Cap alongside the rest of the outstanding cast, as part of the Brothers Grimm Fairy-tale inspired work in repertory.
Directed by Stephen Sobal and written by Ami Sayers, Christine is causing a stir as Little Red, in which she plays ‘Little Red Cap’ – a modern little red cap set in the modern world.
She explains, “The play is called ‘Little Red Cap.’ The play is told in parallel between two worlds- the Grimm one and the Modern one. I play the modern one so I’m ‘modern Little Red Cap’ or ‘a carer called Rachel.”
This year sees the highly-renowned London Fourth Monkey Theatre Company returning to the Fringe bigger, bolder and better than ever, with the dark adult themed versions of the tales containing such subjects including rape, incest and postnatal depression.
You can also catch Christine as Rapunzel as an ensemble member with yet another amazing cast at its core.
In the first official raving review, James Moore states, “The Grimm Tales: Little Red Cap is an exceptional example of inventive storytelling with a perfect blend of abstract, physical sequences and outstanding performances from all its actors across a broad range of ages.”
“The standout performances of the group were Rachel (Christine McGowan) and Will (Matija Vlatkovic), who were incredible throughout and had wonderful chemistry in the scenes they shared.”
“That’s not to say the rest of the cast weren’t equally fantastic. Across the board the performances were brilliant, each playing their part in achieving an effective atmosphere.”
Christine is enjoying her time in the thriving cultural city, explaining, “It’s amazing to be here in Edinburgh and I’m so pleased with the part that I have and that the shows are selling well. I think appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe is a fantastic opportunity for any performer as so many people attend the festival.”
“Also I have seen many great shows myself since I have been here. There are so many to choose from (over 3000) shows.”
All three Fourth Monkey plays are on every day, but if you wish to see Christine McGowan in her role as Little Red then come along on each even date of August as each play is double-cast.
Tickets for all shows (listed below) are easily accessible with three different options – including online, at the Edfringe box office on ‘The Mile’ and also at the door (if it’s not already sold out)!
Christine truly is a fantastic display of Belfast talent at The Fringe, alongside the rest of this simply first-class cast and fellow members of the magnificent Fourth Monkey drama company who simply excel within each and every role. These plays are simply not-to-be-missed.
Little Red Cap
Where are you going so early, Little Red Cap? The second play in the Grimm Tales season at this year’s Fringe continues with this darkly re-imagined telling of the Little Red Cap story.
A physical ensemble story of adolescence, rebirth and parenthood retold for a modern audience.
All the better to see you with my dears. Devised and directed by All In Theatre’s Stephen Sobal.
The Bloody Countess
‘An immersive, midnight spectacle’ **** (AYoungerTheatre.com). ‘Theatre at its most inventive’ **** (Stage).
Following the sell-out success of Alice in 2014, we return to the Fringe with another late night treat for the faint-hearted. Descended from one of the most aristocratic families in Europe, Erzsebet Bathory became known as the most sadistic female serial killer in history. Torturing and slaughtering an estimated 650 young women and bathing in the spilt blood of the murdered virgins to preserve her youth. An epic tale of Gothic decadence.
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so that I may climb the golden stair. Rapunzel is a dark reimagining of the infamous Grimm fairy tale exploring themes of abuse and entrapment.
Utilising Fourth Monkey’s signature physical ensemble way of working, this new adaptation offers a new take on a story we all thought we knew. Devised and directed by Two Year Rep Course Director, Angela Gasparetto.
Hansel & Gretel
‘When the moon comes up I will be able to see the crumbs of bread that I scattered, and they will show us the way back home.’
Hansel & Gretel will be delivered as part of our Grimm season at this year’s Fringe with mature themes of conflict and incest. Written and adapted by critically acclaimed Toby Clarke, writer of Sans Salome (Fourth Monkey) and Result (Sketty Productions).
TheSpace on Niddry St (V9):
Rapunzel 16:30 (1hr)
Little Red Cap 18:00 (1hr)
Hansel & Gretel 19:30 (1hr)
The Bloody Countess 22:45 (1hr 15)