Baba Yaga, The Story
This project was possible because of a research and development fellowship for
young artists through the Barbican/Guildhall Creative Learning Pit Theatre LAB programme.
I wanted to explore what it would take to have an audience member feel like they were the protagonist of a folk tale. Specifically a folk tale in which they had a task, a responsibility, and some grave danger to face.
The Slavic tales of Baba Yaga, a witch with iron teeth who lives deep in the forest in a cottage with chicken legs, were the obvious choice.
The firebird and her precious eggs is a reccurring character in these tales, so in order to experience Baba Yaga, The Game-- you must protect the Firebird's eggs from Baba Yaga while making your way through the forest.
Cast and Crew
Baba Yaga Jonah Fazel ● Fire Bird Georgie Bloy ● Music David Ibbett
Costumes and Graphic Design Viv Schwartz ● Lighting Stephen Bailey Concieved and Directed by Casey Middaugh
Special thanks to Kevin Clark, Nick Giles, Ruth Ball, Elena
Findley-de Regt, Adam Johnson, Matt Johnson, Clare Catchpole, Ella Jarman-Pinto, Geoff Bartholomew, The Haberdashery Collective, and everyone at The Barbican Centre
Designed and performed by Casework Productions in the Pit Theatre at the Barbican Centre in London on September 9, 2011
The day resulted in some pretty epic audience responses, and I was very grateful for all the support and work involved!