The Art of Survival at Woodend Barn

The key to good storytelling is adaptation.

Back in the days before books, stories would be told around campfires for the entertainment of the audience and their attention held by the story-teller’s ability to re-interpret a familiar story.

Much debate hangs around Shakespeare’s sources for his plays and in the 400 years since he wrote The Tempest, the story has been re-told in many different forms, including the science fiction film Forbidden Planet in 1956.

On Saturday December 10 at 7.30pm at Woodend Barn in Banchory, ajtc theatre presents Geoff Bullen’s adaptation of this classic, set in the mind of a confused old man.

Bullen’s work is described as ‘audacious’; reviewers have hailed his two-man version as ‘subtle’, ‘unexpected’ and whilst some characterisations are ‘hysterically funny’, the Prospero character is ‘truly heart-breaking’ in his frailty.

The story behind Sleeping Beauty is also one of continual adaptation of myth moving through the centuries under the pens of, amongst others, Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, through paintings, poems and even video games.

The version at Woodend Barn on Thursday December 15 at 7.30pm is told through the medium of classical ballet, performed by The Royal Ballet and comes live from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

This is the love story of the prince who conquers the overgrown forest to claim the heart of the cursed princess with choreography re-worked by Marius Pepita in 2006 to music by Tchaikovsky, first performed in 1890.

These two performances are proof that a good story never dies but constantly evolves.

Tickets from or from the box office on 01330 825431.