Baba Yaga

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 and horrific.

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 minutes.
Audience:  The show works really well for both an adult audience and children aged 7 and over.
Requirements: Blackout/Greyout for shadow screen sequence. Mains electricity point.

Devised, composed and performed by Rachel Miller
Poems and script written by Gwen Woolley