I'm Hans Christian Andersen by Rachel Rose Reid
‘A classy, compelling hour’ - Alice Jones, The Independent
'On the radio they said that Hans Christian Andersen wrote the Little Mermaid whilst he was avoiding the wedding of the person he loved. I thought 'that doesn't sound like a story that involves singing lobsters'. So I picked a book from my shelf, I sat down at the table, and I began to read. And as I read the stories, I remembered where I first heard them. You know how that is? You open one memory and a thousand more pour out.'
I'm Hans Christian Andersen strips the sugarcoat from the famous teller of fairytales, whilst grappling with our own love affairs of happily ever after.
Rachel Rose Reid, ‘Queen of the New Wave of Storytellers’ (Ian McMillan, BBC Radio) blends the traditional storytelling with contemporary spoken word. Since writing I’m Hans Christian Andersen, she has toured her work internationally, from the Nuyorican Poets Café to the Soho Theatre, and has collaborated and created commissions for a characteristically eclectic range of partners including Billy Bragg, London City Sinfonia, Dickens’ Bicentenary (as Writer in Residence), BBC Radio 3, and Old Vic, New Voices.