Baba Yaga is a powerful recurring figure in Russian
folklore. The day and night belong to her and she
flies through the sky in a pestle and mortar, chewing
on human bones. She is portrayed as terrifying
In this tale a young girl, Vasilisa
is eight years old when her mother dies. At this
young age she is ill equipped to deal with the
jealousy of her new stepmother and step sisters.
Through classic fairytale symbolism the tale unfolds
and the young girl is sent into the deep forest
to get fire from Baba Yaga.
The music for this show is influenced by the folk
music of Keralia – a small country situated
between Russia and Finland.
Length of show: 50
The show works really well for both an
adult audience and children aged 7 and over.
for shadow screen sequence. Mains electricity
composed and performed by Rachel Miller
Poems and script written by Gwen Woolley