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Friday, November 27, 2015

Artists bring the world of the Brothers Grimm to life this Christmas

This Christmas the world of the Brothers Grimm will be brought to life in Grimm’s Faerie Feast at The Met. Explore the world the Brother’s Grimm inhabit through specialist artist installations, culinary treats, original music and a fantastic comedic new script by Ian McMillan.

Grimm’s Faerie Feast tells the story of an evil, greedy Baron who ate and ate until all the food in the land was gone. Join the starving Brothers Grimm as they arrive at the Baron’s palace to delight and beguile him with fairy stories old and new, but will it be enough to save the day and stop the Baron from destroying everything?

Artists Eleanor Mulhearn and Laura Davies have spent the past couple of months working with Proper Job Theatre Company on interactive art installations for the show. Eleanor works at a miniature scale to create environments and puppet-like figures and Laura works at full size, taking old pieces of furniture and items of clothing and transforming them to create a visual story. Their work combines to produce one part of the Baron’s house that audiences explore during the show. Expect the unexpected as you walk through the Baron’s wardrobe, crawl under his bed or climb into his armchair as stories float through concealed speakers and miniature scenes are hidden in the furniture.

Grimm’s Faerie Feast is at The Met between Thursday 17 – Thursday 24 December with performances at 11am, 3pm & 7pm most days, tickets are on sale now online at www.themet.biz or from The Met Box Office on 0161 761 2216 and start from £10.




Press contact: Alice Shinkfield

alice.shinkfield@themet.biz                        0161 761 9134



Notes to Editors:

Artist sketches and an image for the show can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/76jw3wr1s2tkcze/AACWICzzmZ7mtqU0MeBjkmDBa?dl=0

Eleanor Mulhearn

Eleanor Mulhearn is a professional practitioner and lecturer (Manchester Metropolitan University) in Illustration and Animation. She makes exploratory animation, sculpture and installation for exhibition and theatre and has previously worked alongside theatre company, Horse and Bamboo.

Working at miniature scale she is inspired by the potential expressivity, fragility and latent memory of scrap and discarded materials, she re-works these scraps into environments and puppet-like figures. This alters and extends the life of the materials, to generate new and often abstracted dialogues – visual ‘snatches’ of narrative, to be further explored by new audiences.

Laura Davies

Laura Davies is a visual artist and specialist sculpture conservator. Through her sculpture work she has worked with The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Tate Britain and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts. On the other side of her work, Laura’s fine art practice is influenced by magic realist art and literature. She takes old pieces of furniture and items of clothing and transforms them to create a visual story. Laura loves the adventure of turning an impossible, unyielding material into a wise old face equipped with laughter lines and the etchings of pain and experience – a physical reworking of material, representing new meaning and drawing out social comment.

 The Met

The Met is Bury’s designated performing arts venue, based in Derby Hall, a large Victorian neo-classical building situated on Market Street in the centre of Bury. In 1979, the building was taken over and operated by Bury Metropolitan Arts Association, and is now used as a theatre and concert venue known as The Met. Bury Metropolitan Arts Association is an independent registered charity (number 701879) and along with The Met, BMAA runs the Ramsbottom Festival, Edwin Street Recording Studios and Homegrown Festival.

Proper Job Theatre Company

Established in 1985 and based in Huddersfield, Proper Job Theatre Company has a history of creating exciting high quality projects using theatre and drama to meet specific community needs, empowering individuals and inspiring positive change. Grimm’s Faerie Feast marks The Met’s fifth Christmas collaboration with Proper Job Theatre Company with their past Christmas shows including The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe, The Secret Garden, Pinocchio and A Christmas Carol.



Families and children will have the opportunity to taste small treats throughout the show. Every care will be taken to avoid any food that causes allergies. The treats provided will be free from nuts, dairy, meat, gluten and eggs. There will be the option to opt out of tasting any of the food.