Royal Victoria Chapel to host brand new Christmas production of The Snow Queen this December

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, The 404 Collective will be using their energetic blend of ensemble storytelling, music and puppetry to bring Hans Christian Anderson’s classic story The Snow Queen to vivid life this Christmas. The tale will be told in the stunning surroundings of the Chapel at Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley, Southampton, and will be the first live event to take place in the Chapel since restrictions were put in place in March this year.

The 404 Collective is a group of independent theatre makers led by Daniel Hill, who have worked together on a range of projects and who specialise in creating exciting, engaging theatrical experiences that appeal to all ages. The group is delighted that the production has received Arts Council support, and excited to embrace and overcome the challenges of creating engaging theatre in a way that is safe and supportive for the cast and crew as well as the audience.

“We are thrilled to be bringing storytelling to Netley once again. There will be many challenges to bringing a theatrical experience to life in these testing times, but we’re excited to embrace those challenges and create something special. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring the joy of live storytelling to an audience this Christmas, just when they will need it most, and we can’t wait to get started.” - Daniel Hill, Director / Producer, The 404 Collective

The situation surrounding COVID-19 is of course changing all the time, but The 404 Collective are working hard to ensure the tale of The Snow Queen can be told. The production team are reviewing government guidance regularly and amending plans as necessary when the guidelines change. Should more restrictive safety measures be put in place on the dates of performance, the production will continue as a livestreamed/pre-recorded performance for ticket holders only.

As with previous projects from The 404 Collective, young people form a key part of both the process and the final production. The small ensemble cast of The Snow Queen will include young performers working alongside professionals, and The 404 Collective is running an online mentoring programme alongside the production to give young people insight of and involvement in all the different aspects of creating and producing work, from writing through to performance.

The Snow Queen follows two previous sell-out Christmas productions presented at the Chapel by The 404 Collective and the company are thrilled to have been invited back for the third year running.

“The previous Christmas productions were a resounding success and it’s become an important part of our calendar. We can’t wait to see our beautiful Chapel transformed for another fantastic production.” - Liz Rickard, Events & Marketing Manager, Royal Victoria Chapel

The company will build on the experience and success of the previous shows to ensure that The Snow Queen will be a truly magical way to celebrate the Christmas season in what continues to be a very difficult time.

The production will be presented in the round to a socially distanced audience, and strict safety measures and procedures are being put in place from the very start of rehearsal right through to the performances.

The production will run for 8 performances from the 21st to 24th December to a socially distanced audience.

Tickets go on sale from the 1st October,with prices starting at just £5.00.

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