Once Upon A Dragon

May 22nd – May 28th 2007 – Edinburgh Perfomed outdoors in Cammo Estate

Once Upon A Dragon – a fairy tale woodland adventure for ages 5+ presented by Grid Iron in association with the Bank of Scotland Children’s International Theatre Festival and supported by the Scottish Arts Council.

In association with Bank of Scotland Children’s International Theatre Festival

A glass slipper. A trail of feathers marking the path back through a dark wood. Rapunzel’s plaits fall from a high window. A red cape and a basket of fruit. And, of course, a dragon.

Grid Iron’s Once Upon A Dragon, was the UK premiere of Pauline Mol and Moniek Merkx’s sophisticated play for five years and up – their youngest audience to date. Set in an animated wood of twists and turns, the play, in a lyrical and passionate translation by Rina Vergano, accepts that the Grimm stories are the currency of a young audience and celebrates the way young children play with familiar fairy stories. More dextrous, more playful, more ‘post-modern’ than older children or adults, the young mind finds pleasure in re-ordering these powerful narratives.

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Cast & Crew:


Hansel, Little Tailor, Stepmother, Bird-Brother, Frog Prince, Prince, Horse, Knight: Gergo Danka
Little Red Riding Hood, Gretel, Bird-Brother, Witch, Older Brother, Wolf, Ugly, Sister, Sleeping Beauty, Princess, Knight: Nicola Harrison
Star Maiden, Middle Brother, Giant, Witch, Ugly Sister, Wicked Queen, Princess, Knight: Itxaso Moreno
Dummling, Bird-Brother, Giant, Witch, Prince, Horse, Knight: Antony Strachan
Musician: Pete Garnett


Writer: Pauline Mol, from an idea by Moniek Merkx
Translation: Rina Vergano
Director: Ben Harrison
Producer: Judith Doherty
Set Designer: Becky Minto
Costume Designer: Joan Hickson
Composer/Sound Designer: Philip Pinsky
Lighting Designer/Technical Manager: Paul Claydon
Production Manager: Fiona Fraser
General Manager: Fiona Dougal
Finance & Development Officer: Deborah Crewe
Stage Management: Mickey Graham, Laura Edwards & Shane Thom
Chief Electrician: Phil O’Halloran
Sound Engineer: Fergus Lockie
Assistant Director: Jo Timmins
Assistant Costume: Ali Currie
Assistant Electrician: James Gardner
Assistant Sound: Tracy Farrell
Production Assistants: Helen McGinley, Elle Kent, Alexa Wood & Andy Quinn
Set built by: Big House
Prop Makers: Lara Booth & Sam Greenfield
Print Design: Emma Quinn
Print Illustration: Kate Leiper
Print Production: Big Byte
Education Pack Illustration: Lindsay Kay
Consultants: Ella Harrison, Otto Harrison & Ellie Minto
Office Dogs: Hector & Tigger