The captivating theatre adaptation of Sophie Anderson’s decorated children’s classic, The House With Chicken Legs, is showing at HOME until Sat 23 Apr, promising audiences a stunningly vivid reimagining of Slavic folklore through the lens of pre-teen angst, with an anthropomorphic twist we’d pay for alone to see in person.

Appearing on stage for the first time, 12-year-old Marinka fantasises about the same things as anybody her age; finding friends and fitting in. Sadly, unlike anybody her age, the main obstacle to her dreams is that the house she lives in with her grandmother moves between places using—you guessed it—the legs of a chicken. 

This unusual snag is because her grandmother is in fact Baba Yaga, the mythical Prussian spirit guide who travels our earthly plane, shepherding countless souls from one world to the next. For Marinka, it’s hard to have a social life when everyone you meet is dead. Desperate to break free from her grandmother’s footsteps, the audience joins our protagonist’s spellbinding search for normality, with the help of an unlikely friend. 

A poignant, gorgeous story of traversing loss and grief while growing into an adult, The House With Chicken Legs has been uniquely rendered through puppetry and live music by Les Enfants Terribles, the revered theatre company who deservedly earned an Olivier Award nomination for their glittering take on Alice’s Adventures Underground. Their deft touch and technical mastery invites the audience into Marinka’s life amongst the spirits, captured for the first time in live-action 3D with an intimate yet sprawling vision of family, friendship and how death infuses life with meaning. 

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A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Wed 30 Mar - Sat 23 Apr, HOME,
2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester M15 4FN
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Tue 1 Mar 2022