Young cast at the heart of multimedia gothic comedy

Dreich House pits children against adults in a Christmas comedy
Dreich House pits children against adults in a Christmas comedy

Woodend Barn will host a darkly comic multimedia theatre production for families and young people on December 6.

Dreich House, Adventure Activity Holidays for Children that Nobody Loves, is by Moray-based theatre company Wildbird and promises something different this festive season, combining live theatre and storytelling with film and animation to create an unforgettable theatre experience.

Wildbird auditioned for six youth cast members in the Spring of this year, aged between 8 months and 15 years, to play the Dreich house kids and lead character Ruby. The selected cast then met at Evanton in Easter Ross to make a green screen film which has been combined with digital animation and live theatre to create the finished multimedia, one-man theatre production that puts its young cast at the heart of the action.

The play tells the story of Ruby Love, whose cold yet glamorous mother abandons her at Christmas at Dreich House, a forbidding castle in the Gloomgorm Mountains. The wicked Lord Boltfast and the castle’s hapless owner have gathered together unloved children from all over the country to execute a dastardly plan to hold the world to ransom on Christmas Day. In the tradition of stories by Roald Dahl, or Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’, Dreich House pits children against adults in a Christmas comedy of love, friendship and stale meat pies.

Tickets are available online at www.woodendbarn.co.uk or by phoning the Woodend Barn box office on 01330 825431. A family ticket deal is available at £20 + bf in advance for 2 adults and 2 children, or £24 + bf on the door.