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Gogol’s 1835 short story is a morality tale in two parts. Part one being the story of impoverished artist Chartkov, who happens to purchase a disquieting portrait, from which he chooses to become rich, rather than struggle to perfect his art.
Part two tells the story of the mysterious Moneylender, depicted in Chartkov’s portrait and the strange terms of his loans, which always end with his debtors’ miserable end.
Set in a new government department at the turn of the twentieth century, three men are on a crusade to lead the Ministry for the Correction of Young Oiks to great success.
The plan is simple – take the blighters off the streets, terrify them into changing their ways, and set them up with responsible jobs - they do this by telling stories relevant to their conditions. In this, we hear of Jim, who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion, Matilda, who told lies and was burned to death and Henry King, who chewed bits of string and was early cut off in dreadful agonies, as well as other favourite stories from Belloc’s classic collection.
This production has been particularly inspired by Edward Gorey’s “re-discovered” edition of these tales, it also featured a brand new story devised by the company.
A lonely clerk sits, surrounded by piles of the letters and parcels that never completed their journies.
Alone he sorts through the crossed wires and lost hopes, trying to find a link back to the sender and, just occasionally, the intended recipient."
THE STAGE- STAGE MUST SEE
"This young troupe of performers have produced a wonderful show.The sizeable cast all deliver committed and skilled performances with professionalism, energy and exuberant dedication. This one of the best pieces of youth theatre I have seen."
NYT return with their trademark style of bright ensemble theatre. following a string of four and five star reviews from previous visits to the Edinburgh Festival.
The magical story of a little boy who faces his fears.
THE HERALD FOUR STAR
The Wind Tamer is an imaginative new production by NYT. The ensemble sines in this dynamic and well-choreographed piece."
Kiplings enchanting tales brought to life with magic, music and laughter.