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Monday, December 7, 2015

Explore the world of the Brothers Grimm at The Met 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 of the Brother’s Grimm 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?

Bard of Barnsley, Ian McMillan has taken Grimm’s stories you know and combined them with stories you don’t all written in his comedic witty style. Look forward to traditional Grimm’s tales like Rumpelstiltskin and new stories in the Grimm’s style like The Speaking Fruit of Old Bremen Town and The Jelly that Climbed a Mountain Just to Touch the Moon.


Artists Eleanor Mulhearn and Laura Davies have created interactive art installations for the show. Eleanor works at a miniature scale to create puppet-like figures and Laura works at full size, taking old pieces of furniture and transforming them to create a 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.


Professional chefs Simon Taylor and Richard Walsh have created the culinary delights for the show. Taking inspiration from the tales, they have created treats that don’t look like food at all. Audience members may be presented with an edible cockroach or piece of wood, or an atomizer to spray an unusual smell. Each treat has been carefully crafted to fit with the story and to make the experience of the show truly multi sensory.


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:

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.



Simon Taylor

Self taught chef Simon began his culinary career by working as Assistant Butler to Lord Lichfield at Shugborough Hall. Attracted by an early interest in food and drink, this opened up a new level of access to inspiring fine produce and unique learning opportunities.

From here, he established his own catering business and café in Sheffield, which he ran for 15 years, before retraining to teach cookery in further education.

He is now Course Leader for Professional Cookery at Calderdale College, Halifax, and works as a freelance chef and consultant. He is currently setting up a small scale craft brewery and smokehouse at his home in Todmorden.

Richard Walsh

Richard trained at the Academy of Culinary Arts whilst working at the Royal Automobile Club, London. Richard then moved to the New Forest to lead the kitchen of the Balmer Lawn Hotel where he was recognised for culinary excellence. He then travelled Europe working as a chef before settling in Lancashire, where he assisted in opening The Boars Head, Houghton.

Richard then studied for a Certificate in Education, graduating from the University in Huddersfield in 2012 and moving to Calderdale College, Halifax, to develop the Professional Cookery courses and Cuisine 1893, placing learners in high profile establishments such as The Ritz, Claridges and with Simon Rogan at the French.



Ian McMillan

Ian McMillan is one of the UK’s best known contemporary poets. Aside from many books for adults and children, sometimes including prose and plays, he has also made appearances on television, on all the national BBC radio channels, in diverse newspapers and magazines, and as a poet in residence in a wide range of places including Barnsley FC and the Humberside Police. He has previously worked with Proper Job Theatre Company, most recently on Nosferatu, an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.



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.