Guest Blog - The Barn Cinema, Dartington

Dartington Live has launch its first seasonal programme of plays, performances and music. Hosted at a variety of venues around the renowned Dartington Estate, the Autumn season includes a diverse range of productions from regional, national and International artists. Dartington Live are proud to announce that the first Christmas show will be by local Award Winning production company The Wrong Crowd.

The critically acclaimed, sell out show The Girl with the Iron Claws, is a must this Christmas for everyone over the age of eight. This captivating and atmospheric fairytale, is a Nor-dic coming of age story sharing its roots with Beauty and the Beast, with stunning puppetry mixed with deft humour and enchanting music. The show tells the story of a King’s wilful daughter, who feels like a misfit. She dares to defy her family and to follow her hearts desire. One night a compelling dream leads her deep into the forest, where an encounter with a white bear sets her on a fateful path she could never have anticipated.

✭✭✭✭ “A fantastical world that has all the fresh, unusual and sinister appeal of wandering into a fairy-tale for the first time” The Scotsman
✭✭✭✭  “A show with claws that puts wonder back into fairy tales’’ The Guardian
✭✭✭✭✭ “Genuinely engages both children and adults. Integrating stunning puppetry, well-observed humour and just the right amount of physicality’’ Fest

The Girl with the Iron Claws, is at Dartington from the 1st to the 30th December

Suitable for everyone, young and old over eight years.

Tickets are £8 and £6 on preview nights and £10 and £8 on all other dates.

Book tickets: online via the Box Office at the Barn Cinema 12:30pm to 7:00pm on 01803 847070
or Totnes Bookshop 9:30am - 5:30pm

The other shows this season are Lies by Award Winning Belgian Production Company Ontroerend Goed exploring the power and intrigue of money and The Money by Exeter based Kalieder’s a hit interactive showgame. Younger audiences will adore Fevered Sleep's Brilliant and Grass by Second Hand Dance, an interactive quirky dance show featuring wiggly creatures. And gracing our stage for one night only will be American folk singer, songwriter, violinist and disability advocate Gaelynn Lea.

Full details of the Autumn season can be found online now with details of the Spring season coming soon. Dartington Live will offer something for everyone, from imaginative and interactive events for children to thought provoking installations and performances for adults.
For details of performances and events please visit


The Girl With The Iron Claws
The Girl With The Iron Claws

Growing up isn't easy, especially when you're in love with a bear. This is a story about a girl who dares to follow her longing. The youngest daughter of a king, she feels like a misfit. Then one night a compelling dream leads her deep into the snowy forest, where a chance encounter sets her on a fateful path she could never have anticipated. To celebrate Christmas, award-winning local theatre company The Wrong Crowd bring their critically acclaimed, sell-out show to Dartington. The Girl with the Iron Claws is a captivating, dark fairy-tale, which shares its roots with Beauty and the Beast. Stunning puppetry, bewitching music, deft humour and a touch of snow combine to dazzling effect in this coming-of-age tale to enthral audiences young



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