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Traditional fairy tales are given 21st century twist

FAIRY tales will be given a new spin in a family show coming to the Birmingham Library Theatre.

FAIRY tales will be given a new spin in a family show coming to the Birmingham Library Theatre.

Don’t Blame It On The Wolf features traditional characters like Peter Piper (of pickled pepper fame) and the Three Little Pigs - but you won’t have seen them like this before.

Along the way there are plenty of sly nods to TV favourites like Strictly Coming Dancing and The Apprentice, making this a production very much for the 2000s.

It’s an exciting time for Gillian Twaite, who came up with the story several years ago - taking it into local primary schools.

More recently she teamed up with musician Gerard Swift and they’ve worked together on turning the idea into a full-blown show.

“We’ve tried to make something which will appeal to today’s children,” she said. “That’s why we’ve mixed some newer characters in with the more traditional ones.

“There will also be filmed sequences and audience participation - so there’s lots of techniques being used.”

Lottery and Arts Council funding has helped the project become a reality and this week, the cast and crew have been busy adding the final touches to the show.

With each of the four-strong cast hailing from the Midlands, there’s a local feel to the production and the actors are looking forward to having their families in the audience.

Following its Birmingham premiere, it’s hoped that the show will visit other parts of the country next year.

Don’t Blame It On The Wolf will be on tomorrow (Saturday) - with performances at 11am and 2.30pm. Tickets are available from 0121 303 2323 or

* If you’d like to find out more about how the show was brought to life go to



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