Blue Orange Arts presents –

The Snow Queen
By Hans Christian Andersen adapted by Simon Ravenhill

When Kay, a spirited young boy, is abducted by the icy Snow Queen, Gerda embarks on a fantastical journey to uncover the whereabouts of her most treasured friend.  Throughout her many perilous adventures, she discovers new friends, hazardous enchantment, challenging mysteries, and untold dangers before arriving at a final and unforgettable encounter with the powerful and magical Snow Queen herself.

Suitable for the whole family.


in Alphabetical order

Naomi Halliday – Gerda

Kaz Luckins – Snow Queen

Alex Nikitas – Kay/Troll/Snow Beast

Lynne Payne – Grand Mother/WhiteHen/Lady Raven

Naomi Halliday – Gerda 

Naomi is an Actor/Singer based in York and has recently graduated from ALRA North’s MA Acting Course. Throughout her childhood and teenage years, Naomi regularly performed with York Theatre Royal. This included 2 pantomimes, the summer shows Peter Pan, The Wind in the Willows, and The Legend of King Arthur, where she played Young Morgana. She played Danielle in The Railway Children, three times and also in the 2016 film of the production. She has sung with The National Youth Choir of Great Britain at Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. Credits post-graduating include Nurse in the ‘Ghostly Tales web series and the voice of ‘Antares’ in ‘The Light watch Chronicles Audiobook. Naomi is delighted to be making her professional theatre debut as Gerda and is looking forward to spending her time battling the Snow Queen!

Kaz Luckins – The Snow Queen

Kaz loves The Blue Orange Theatre so much, she just keeps coming back for more. And it’s hardly surprising considering she has been involved with the Blue Orange since the doors opened back in April 2011 (performing in the first ever Blue Orange Arts show, Two by Jim Cartwright which actually predates the theatre opening). As well as many performing and fight directing credits, she has been lucky enough to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for two years running also under the Blue Orange banner

Alex Nikitas – Kay/Troll/Snow Beast

The Snow Queen marks Alex Nikitas’s thirteenth production over ten years for Blue Orange Arts. Other Blue Orange credits include A Study In Scarlet, Hamlet, The Wind In The Willows, and Peter Pan. He has also recently featured in two award-winning shows for Inamoment Theatre. In addition, he has played both an accountant and a terrorist in Arrivals & Departures at the Coach House Theatre, Malvern for Here To There. Earlier work includes Doctors (BBC TV), The Romantics (BBC Radio 4), and Pontius Pilate in A Passion For Birmingham (Old Joint Stock 2014-2016). He is also a storyteller and writer, specializing in adapting Greek myths and English fairy tales for performance, and has co-written three plays for children focussing on community/environmental themes, including Down To Earth which was funded as part of a project by Creative Partnerships Black Country.

Lynne Payne – Grand Mother/White Hen/Lady Raven

Lynne grew up in the North West seaside town of Blackpool and studied Theatre at Lancaster University. 

She began her career as a Professional Dance Artist, working for over 15 years with companies including Ludus Dance and Birmingham DanceXchange.

Avid TV viewers might recognize Lynne from such esteemed shows as Bargain Hunt or the Macmillan Legacies TV Commercial! Or independent film fans might’ve seen her on Amazon Prime in Happy Little Bunnies, How Not To Work & Claim Benefits & other useful information for wasters or, as a little cameo playing the 1920s photographer Beryl in The Colour Room on Sky. She also appears in the film Birchanger Green (Escape Films/Film 4), which debuted to buyers at Cannes this Summer and is set to be released in 2023.


Directed by – Marcus Fernando

Produced by – Mark Webster

Lighting/Sound by – Nathan Bower (assistance by Steve Thomas)

Costumes/Props by – Simon Ravenhill/Haina Al-Saud/Nasrin Khanjari

Set by – Mark Webster/Ben Mills-Wood