Adapted for radio by Carl Grose and Emma Rice
Down at the crossroads, the dust-bowl wind blows as the Devil sits in a rocking chair and begins to tell a story. It's a tale of love and war, good and evil; the tale of a young girl, whose father accidentally sells her soul to the Devil. The girl chooses to walk into the wilderness. She rejects not only the Devil, but also her home and must survive the ravages of nature and time. A dark blues infused musical fairy tale, from the critically acclaimed Kneehigh Theatre.
Kneehigh is celebrated as one of Britain's most innovative theatre companies. For 30 years they've created popular and challenging theatre for audiences throughout the UK and beyond. This epic and poetic wondertale is classic Kneehigh: Instinctive storytelling, devilish humour, a uniquely realised other-world and a fantastic blues music score. The show was first produced at the Kneehigh Asylum in Cornwall in 2011, directed by Emma Rice. Since then it has delighted audiences from the West End to Broadway. Radio 4's adaptation is a Christmas treat not to be missed.
Praise for the original stage show
"Witty, surprising, strange. I dreamt about it all night" The Times
"A feast of timeless story, irresistible music and wildly imaginative theatricality." San Francisco Chronicle
"Bewitching" New York Times
Original text and lyrics... Carl Grose
Composer... Stu Barker
Musical Director... Ian Ross
Violinist... Patrycja Kujawska
Sound Design... Simon Baker and Nigel Lewis
Directed by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production.