The Little Match Girl

  • adapted from the story by Hans Christian Anderson
  • By Dot & Ethel
  • Directed by Heidi Vaughan
  • Designed by Harriet de Winton
  • Movement Direction by Anna Croxon
  • Puppetry Direction by Corina Bona
  • Original Music by Seamas Carey
  • The Wardrobe Theatre 11-22 December 2013

When a little girl leaves her home she opens the door to adventures, challenges, visions and a new beginning.

Join us for a heart-warming, magical and life affirming tale for all the family this Christmas. Experience beautifully inventive storytelling, puppetry, song and live music in this spellbinding production.

Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s much loved Christmas classic, The Little Match Girl is the enchanting story of a young child’s hopes and dreams; simple pleasures and losses.

This is a festive feast for all the family, created by some of Bristol’s finest children’s theatre makers.

Suitable for ages 3+

About the company:

Dot and Ethel is a newly formed company with designer Harriet de Winton and director Heidi Vaughan. We make work that celebrates the creative; we tell stories in an unpretentious and generous way; rich in theatrical techniques and dollops of fun. We aim to bring fresh and imaginative experiences to our audience – asking big questions, breaking rules, revealing accidents and adding a touch of dramatic delight to everyday life.

Press coverage


  • ‘Simply and cleverly told, that even the youngest of the audience were left spellbound by the magic…I came away with a warm glow and slight tear in my eye. Beautiful!!!’ – Little Green Shed
  • ‘This was a treat for young theatre goers and an example of the power of imagination and memory.’ – Bristol Culture
  • ‘The children remain completely engaged as the performers make occasional forays into the audience, proffering scrunched up paper, blowing bubbles or hanging fairy lights…it’s a magical spectacle.
  • Ultimately, it’s a heart-breaking tale, as the little girl has to light matches to stay warm. But, at a time when sad endings seem to have been excised from most mainstream children’s fiction, it’s a pleasure to find a company staging a play which raises difficult issues.’ – Primary Times
  • ‘The sweetness, the vibrancy and the adventure of Dot and Ethel’s production will sweep you away.’ – WSMum