Photo gallery: Special stage tour brings story of the Snow Queen to life at a Norwich theatre

Members of the Norfolk and Norwich Association For The Blind enjoyed a touch tour on stage at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich before watching a performance of the venue's Christmas show, The Snow Queen. Photo: Scott Meacock.

Members of the Norfolk and Norwich Association For The Blind enjoyed a touch tour on stage at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich before watching a performance of the venue's Christmas show, The Snow Queen. Photo: Scott Meacock.

Monday, December 30, 2013
11:06 AM

The theatrical magic of the Snow Queen was brought to life in a very special way for a group visiting the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich.

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Members of the Norfolk and Norwich Association For The Blind enjoyed a touch tour on stage at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich before watching a performance of the venue's Christmas show, The Snow Queen. Photo: Scott Meacock.

Members of the Norfolk and Norwich Association For The Blind enjoyed a touch tour on stage at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich before watching a performance of the venue's Christmas show, The Snow Queen. Photo: Scott Meacock.

Members of the Norfolk and Norwich Association For The Blind enjoyed a touch tour at the St John’s Alley venue ahead of watching a matinee performance of the Maddermarket’s Christmas show on December 21.

The Snow Queen cast and theatre staff led the tour, during which the visitors were able to touch key parts of the set and experience the snow falling on stage while technical manager, Rhett Davies, and backstage dresser, Eileen Collisson, explained how the set looked and worked during the show.

The visitors were then introduced to The Snow Queen (played by Rebecca Chapman), Gerda (Moira Hickson) and Bhima (Dawn Brindle) and were able to touch their faces, costumes and props used in the show.

Rev Joy Croft, who was one of the members of the tour, said: “I have been to a number of touch tours in professional theatres, but never to one more thorough and helpful than yours (the Maddermarket’s).

“I wondered whether all the necessary explanation would dim the sparkle of this fairy-tale production, but in fact it just made it more magical. Altogether it was a wonderful afternoon.”

The Maddermarket Theatre’s general manager Les Hoare said he was delighted with the success of the tour and praised the cast and staff.

He said: “The cast and crew are really enthusiastic about The Snow Queen and this came across as they spent time with the group. My thanks especially go to Rebecca, Moira, Dawn and Eileen for making this possible.”

The Maddermarket’s production of The Snow Queen is adapted by Stuart Paterson.

The Hans Christian Andersen fairytale tells the story of what happens when Kay is snatched from his home by the beautiful, cruel Snow Queen, and his friend Gerda sets out on an epic journey to rescue him.

As she searches, she encounters a series of strangers who, charmed by her story and her innocence, help her on her journey to find the Snow Queen’s icy palace and her quest to set Kay free.

There was also a making of The Snow Queen event at the Maddermarket Theatre before the evening performance of the show on December 21.

• The Snow Queen is at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich until Saturday. For more information and to book tickets visit www.maddermarket.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 620917,

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