Once, in opposing kingdoms lived a princess and a prince who had lost their mothers. Althea, unable to cry, became light with grief and floated, and so was locked away. Digby became so heavy-hearted that he could never smile, and so was trained as a warrior.

This new fairytale musical by Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson opened at the National Theatre, London in October 2013, directed by Marianne Elliott.

The production makes heavy use of illustrative, cut-out set pieces and puppetry. We worked with puppeteer and animator Matthew Robins, whose hand-made shadow puppets were stop-motion animated into video sequences for the show, including a stop-motion car chase, an introductory prologue movie, and various inserts, set pieces and backdrops throughout the show.

The show ran on 4 x 12k Panasonic projectors and was programmed entirely on ETC desks, cued via the NT’s existing lighting system.