A personal interpretation of the darker elements of the Briar Rose fairy tale, a fairy tale for grown-ups, created and performed by Compagnie Akselere‘s Artistic Director, Colette Garrigan.

The kingdom of Liverpool, Garrigan’s home town, is devastated by unemployment and famine. It’s safer to be a gang member than to be alone and needles have replaced spindles. Not the best place for dreams about modern-day princesses and very far away from the nearest, happily-ever-after fairy tale castle.

Creating a unique and threatening realm of shadows and puppetry, everyday objects and imaginative lighting, Garrigan integrates her Liverpool voice with her adopted French tongue to describe a dangerous world where the blackest of humour co-exists with poetic stillness and insights.

Born in Liverpool, Colette Garrigan studied puppetry in France, at the International Puppetry Centre in Charleville-Mézières, before settling on the island of Réunion where she founded Compagnie Akselere in 1999. Now based in Normandy, Colette has created seven successful productions over the past fifteen years, becoming an important and distinctive theatrical voice in France.