The Little Match Girl relocates Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story to 19th century Birmingham in a new programme using an engaging mix of puppetry and toy theatre to explore historical issues and moral dilemmas.

The programme draws on the style of street entertainment found in cities and at the seaside at the time, such as showmen and conjurors, barrel organs and strolling singers of ballads. It will reflect Victorian innovation and technology that existed alongside extreme poverty and class division, during an age where wealthy children played with toy automata whilst poor children worked long shifts in coal mines.

The Little Match Girl provides connections with the Victorian Britain section of the national curriculum; the impact of changes in society, the growth of factories and the employment of children. Participants are invited to put themselves in the shoes of decision makers of the day as well as experience life as a child at that time.



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