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A new take on Rapunzel for audiences 7+ Wednesday, December 13 - Sunday, December 17, 2023 The Workshop Theatre

By Bisola Alabi
Directed by Azieb Pool

Join 12-year-old Refilwe, her aunty Agnus and their new friend Tumi this December, as they use dance moves, riddles and magic hair to escape the British Museum after closing time. Inspired by Zukiswa Wanner’s southern African retelling of the classic fairy-tale Rapunzel, Refilwe is a family adventure about home, hair and connecting with your roots, for audiences aged seven and older, with all performances presented in a relaxed environment.

National Youth Theatre, Bernie Grant Arts Centre and Talawa Theatre Company present a bold and brilliant new show for younger audiences by Bisola Alabi. Directed with playfulness and energy by the Artistic Director of Bernie Grant Arts Centre Azieb Pool and starring some of Britain’s best young talent from the National Youth Theatre.

Ideal for an alternative family festive theatre trip.


We're grateful to Arts Council England for their support.

Supported by The Spark Arts for Children

Creative and Production Teams

Writer - Bisola Alabi

Director - Azieb Pool

Associate Director - Kalungi Ssebandeke

Set & Costume Designer - Phyllys Egharevba

Lighting Designer - Luke Goodlit

Sound Designer and Composer - Mwen

Assistant Director and Movement Director - Elsabet Yonas

Dramaturg - Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong

Voice - Aundrea Fudge

Production Manager - James Dawson

Deputy Stage Manager - Vendy Pospisilova

Han Sayles – Technical Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager - Dynzell Muguti

Wardrobe Assistant Stage Manager - Mariama Tushemeriirwe

BSL Interpreter - Debbie McLeod

Wellbeing Support - Sam Adams

Wig Maker - Domianne Hamilton

Performance dates and times

At National Youth Theatre's Workshop Theatre

1.30pm Wednesday 13 December

7pm Wednesday 13 December

11.30am Thursday 14 December

10.30am Friday 15 December

12.30 Friday 15 December

11am Saturday 16 December - BSL interpreted

2.30pm Saturday 16 December

11am Sunday 17 December

All performances are relaxed

2-10 December, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk

20 - 23 Talawa Theatre Company, Croydon, www.talawa.com


There are many price plans available including:

General Admission - £15

Pay What You Decide - You choose the amount you pay for the ticket

Pay It Forward - Help us break down barriers to the arts by supporting someone's else's discounted ticket

Islington Resident - £12

Family Ticket - £50 (Admits 4. Group ticket for four people that can be used with any combination of adults or children)

Standard ticket + Free Carer - £15 (Group tickets including x1 standard ticket and one free carer ticket (no id ​required or questions asked)


Discounted schools tickets are priced at £12 per ticket with every 10th ticket complimentary for a teacher.

To make an enquiry about a schools group booking, please contact schools@nyt.org.uk

Aliyah Lassey


Christie Fewry


Eliezer Gore


Keitan Adediji

Refilwe Understudy

Meet Refilwe this December, modern retelling of the classic fairytale Rapunzel ✨ Link in bio to book your tickets! #foryouu #xyz #fypシ #theatre #nationalyouththeatre #refilwe

♬ original sound - NYT

The Workshop Theatre

443-445 Holloway Rd,
London N7 6LW