The Grimm Tale of Cinderella at Smock Alley Theatre

Smock Alley this December will present their ninth in-house production based on the popular world folklore story. This adventurous and heart-warming tale of a fierce young woman’s triumph over hardship is sure to capture the imaginations of young and old alike this festive season, with tour de force performances from a stellar cast.

Lost, tired and out of their depth, brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm seek shelter in the woods from a bitter storm. Unknown to them they are not the only ones seeking shelter and a chance encounter with a strange old woman is about to change their fate. Trapped for the evening together the brothers begin to share with the woman the stories they have gathered on their travels. Stories they believe will make them bestsellers and famous the world over. But the Old Woman too has a tale to tell, about a girl named Ella, her cruel stepmother, a handsome prince and the night that would change her life forever. However, this is not the story the brothers expect. No, this is the real story of the girl who became known as Cinderella…

The Grimm Tale of Cinderella is written by Katie McCann. Katie is a freelance writer, actor and producer based in Dublin. She is currently a participant on the Rough Magic SEEDS Programme 2016/17 as a producer. Writing credits include; Cirque des RêvesHollow Ground, Tales from Briar Hall Hans Christian Andersen’s: The Little Match Girl.

The Grimm Tale of Cinderella is directed by Jeda de Brí. Jeda is a director, writer and Artistic Director of Sickle Moon Productions. Most recently she directed The Egg is a Lonely Hunter which was nominated for the Fishamble Best New Writing Award, Little Gem Award & First Fortnight Award, at Project Arts Centre and All honey which was the winner of the Fishamble Best New Writing Award, at The New Theatre. Her short film, Procession was selected as part of The Irish Film Boards Short Stories Scheme and will shoot in March 2018 with a premier at the Galway Film Fleadh later that year.


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