DARE Festival 2017

Big Teeth

Elizabeth Dearnley | Friday 7pm-11pm, Saturday 2pm-9pm

Two people, perhaps complete strangers, go to bed together. But what happens next?

Gripped by the Great Freeze of 1947, with wolf-whistling spivs and other predatory characters skulking round every corner, London could be a dangerous place for an unwary girl. In this immersive installation, audiences are invited to step back in time into the bedroom of young waitress Ruby Hunter, where they listen to an apparently familiar tale unfold. But there is always more than one side to every story…and more than one ending. What really happened? How well do we ever know the people we get into bed with?

Bringing together elements of Red Riding Hood, 1940s detective novels and recorded sound, Big Teeth makes for an uneasily intimate bedtime story. Expect red cloaks, wolves, and suspiciously tasty pies.

Elizabeth Dearnley is a folklorist, artist and maker who works with arts festivals across the UK to create installations and street theatre transforming everyday spaces. As producer of Talking Statues she has brought sculptures to life around the world; other work includes collaborative storytelling project Bird Box Stories and fairy tale maze Out Of The Woods? Elizabeth has also taught the history of fairy tales at University College London, and is writing a book about forests.


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