23rd January 2019
Daniel Morden &
The Devil's Violin Company
Spellbinding storytellers perform their kaleidoscopic fairytale
A young prince falls endlessly down through the darkness.
In a field of giant poppies, a beautiful old woman is trapped in a cottage nestled in a huge claw.
Saddled horses stand frozen in a dripping grey landscape, their missing riders lost to The Land of No Return.
Daniel Morden’s mesmeric tales of hope and adversity are accompanied by the exquisite strings of
Oliver Wilson-Dickson and Sarah Moody.
Age Recommendation 10+ Watch the trailer & book tickets: www.thedevilsviolin.co.uk
“To experience Daniel Morden in full flight is an amazing thing” Ian MacMillan
“A master weaver of tales spinning a magical thread of narrative, drawing on numerous traditional folk tales and myths”
The Bristol Post
27th February 2019
Tri o Bob Tri/Three Around Three performed by Tamar Eluned Williams
Tamar Eluned Williams tells stories in Welsh and English. Previous performance work includes Green Man Festival, Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival, Settle Stories, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, Birmingham Book Festival, National Storytelling Week and Tales in Trust. She works in schools, museums and theatres across South Wales using storytelling and theatre to improve oracy, literacy and confidence. She is a puppeteer and performer for PuppetSoup, a Creative Associate of Rambling Heart, and one half of the Greenbank Hags, who curate and produce STORYPUB in Bristol. She was awarded the Gwobr Esyllt Harker Award by Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival in 2016 and the national Young Storyteller of the Year Award in 2013.
Three Around Three is a new commission supported by the Gwobr Esyllt Harker Award and premiered at Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival 2018. A bilingual (Welsh/English) solo performance piece that interweaves story, song and spoken word, it is a retelling of the first branch of the Mabinogion. Crossing between two worlds, we journey step by step with a woman from the Otherworld, Rhiannon, as she lives out one life out of many possible ones.
27th March 2019
'The Magician's Apprentice'
Sally Pomme Clayton
What happens when magic goes wrong? Performance storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton rummages through hats and rabbits, smoke and mirrors, wands and tarot cards, searching for spells. With a top hat from a junk shop and mail-order wand, Sally Pomme casts a shimmer of stories, mixing humour with darkness, romance with horror. She conjures powerful female magicians from fragments of myth, invokes antique jokes, and summons-up a dazzling Russian fairytale. In this slight-of-hand world you can meet foolish apprentices, crazy genies, and Mistress of magic Elena the Wise. Here girls become doves, objects speak, the magician goes mad, and you can enter another world! Join her on a fairytale quest to discover what is real and what illusion, who is the apprentice and who the teacher - as she searches for real magic.
“Some people are born to entertain. It's a special kind of magic. Sally Pomme Clayton has that magic in plenty – she is a dream-weaver, a spell-binder.”
Sally Pomme Clayton casts a shimmer of stories in The Magician's Apprentice. This intimate and enchanting performance takes the audience into the secret world of the magician. She opens the magician's suitcase, uncovering the cultural history of the tarot card, making luscious fairytales appear, and dark memories vanish! With a song on her mandolin, and a spotted handkerchief, she shifts from humour to horror, romance to rumour.
"A richly evoked, magical story of many layers. Transported to so many times and places. A true magician of words." Bakehouse Theatre
"Mistress of Magic, Speaker of Spells. A storming show from a queen of the spoken word at the height of her powers. A mixing and mingling of worlds, of eras and time-scales, of history and fantasy, with consummate ease and the lightest of touches. A subtle meditation on where the real magic truly lies." Storyteller, Jamie Crawford
24th April 2019
'Universe' performed by
Clare Muireann Murphy
A mathematician finds a gift from a god. Blacksmiths beat out the music of the spheres. And why are there turtles everywhere? Where does myth meet science? Is it only in the middle of the night when we half wake and half sleep? In this timeless place of wonder and insight, time stretches and a fissure opens that builds a dream bridge between many worlds… Performance storyteller Clare Murphy dances into this liminal space; merging myth, deities, science and a hefty amount of turtle, in a playful exploration of the beginnings of the universe.
29th May 2019
Nick Hennessey performing
'The Howken Field
“Beneath the low sky there is a field. At its edge two ravens speak of those that have fallen and of those yet to be born into the world of the hollow wind."
Existing between worlds, between laws, the Scottish Borders are mysterious, a place of secrets. Unearthing a hidden hoard, Nick Hennessey tips out the glittering treasures of story and song that press up through field, fell, burn and beck of the Borders shedding light on dark memories of the place.
26th June 2019
Tim Ralphs performing
Tim Ralphs is a storyteller and active exponent of narrative in art. He also works as a public engagement consultant where he focuses on connecting academic researchers with non-specialists.
His storytelling is rooted in the oral tradition: The craft of a speaker weaving language and gesture to entrance an audience and bring a tale to life. Tim Ralphs gained much acclaim at “The Young Storyteller of the Year” competition in 2007, and was a British Award for Storytelling Excellence winner in 2012. He has performed everywhere from majestic Teutonic castle at Alden Biesen in Belgium, to the muddy Shropshire fields of The Festival at the Edge, to the sophisticated theatres of Soho and The Barbican. His audiences find him equally captivating whether they are partaking of some cake in a cafe, sitting spellbound around a fire in the woods, or dancing furiously while he lays down his words over a frenzy of experimental rock.
Tim Ralphs shines a spotlight on Him Downstairs in a show shaped by razor wit, diabolical horror, absurd confessions and humour fit for the unholy ghost. Rebranding Beelzebub takes Tim’s innovative re-imaginings of traditional tales to another level as he exhumes the bones of old Devil stories and stitches them a new skin. This grand collection spans supermarket stalls, urban sprawls, mad drunken preachers and widow’s sons. Darkly humorous with disturbing turns and a distinct whiff of sulphur.
9th October 2019
'The Big Blind' performed by Dominic Kelly,
Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson
A boy stands on a lakeshore. Behind him is all he’s ever known. Ahead: a chance for love but a rather higher chance of death. He’s had a happy life, and a sheltered one. But his father gambled away that life, the debt cannot be paid in money and it won’t be his father who pays. Childhood is over…
Dominic Kelly, Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson combine storytelling and music into a playful and gripping performance. They bring to life an ancient full-bloodied fairy tale for modern audiences, weaving versions from Norway, Scotland, Ireland and India with contemporary Scandinavian folk music. Through it they explore the consequences for the young when older generations fail to make adult decisions.
“… Makes you sparkle from the inside out. Combining magical, haunting and melodic Nordic inspired music, played effortlessly by the superbly talented Bridget Marsden and Leif Ottosson, we were taken on an expertly crafted storytelling journey by Dominic Kelly. . The stage is stripped bare with no need for props of any kind… The simplicity of this makes for a truly inspired performance…” oneandother.com
“… Unbelievably fine ensemble playing” Dagens Nyheter “Outstanding” Songlines Magazine
“A bewitching fusion of storytelling and music that takes theatre right back to its origins… a magical night. Dominic Kelly… is a consistently engaging and energetic narrator... He brings the stories to life and deftly navigates the way through a multi-layered narrative. It is the music in combination with Kelly’s narration that makes this production so special. Violin and accordion duo Bridget Marsden and Leif Ottosson beautifully fuse enchanting Nordic music with Kelly’s prose” A Younger Theatre
REVIEW of 'The Big Blind at the Capstone Theatre in Liverpool, January 2019
The Compelling Story of a Secret Messenger
This is a story about a bird and its extraordinary journey – but it is also a journey of the imagination, that makes a bird’s migration more than a just physical event but a metaphor for movement through time and space
Myth and science meet in this compelling tale of an iconic bird’s journey - told through story and song by Malcolm and Joshua Green. ‘Intimate and affecting’, ‘an engaging & beautifully constructed tour de force'.
It all starts just after dawn at RAF Fylingdales on the North York Moors. A male Cuckoo is having a tiny 4.5g radio transmitter strapped to his back. A few weeks later he will have flown thousands of miles south and 3 miles high over the Sahara Desert, sending signals back to England as he travels through Libya and Chad to the Congo.
For thousands of years the Cuckoo has been part of folklore and its call present in songs, poems and stories. But now this bird is disappearing in England and people are already forgetting his iconic 'cuck-coo' song
See Facebook: Gone Cuckoo@Talesongs
‘Musicianship and environmental performance-art meet history and myth…’. Dave Pritchard (Chair, UK Arts & Environment Network, and consultant to the Convention on Migratory Species)
‘The performance was precise and compelling … such an exciting, multi-layered adventure.’ Linda France (award-winning poet)
‘Gone Cuckoo was inspiring and moving… it will fill audiences of all ages with wonder and delight.’ Prof. Nick Davies (author of ‘Cuckoo, Cheating by Nature’)
6th November 2019
'Gone Cuckoo' performed by Storyteller, Malcolm Green & Musician Joshua Green
About Malcolm and Joshua
Malcolm is a storyteller who has pioneered the use of storytelling in environmental contexts. Recent projects have included the ambitious 'Dreaming the Land' with A Bit Crack Storytellers and 'Shearwater' with Tim Dalling. Many of his projects are collaborations with musicians, film makers and archaeologists. Malcolm teaches storytelling at Newcastle University and runs workshops internationally. He is a founder member of A Bit Crack Storytellerswww.abitcrack.com and a member of the Council for Storytelling and Peace. He has recently written the book 'Northumberland Folk Tales'. www.malcolm-green.com
Joshua is percussionist and writer for the widely acclaimed contemporary folk band Sam Lee, which won the album of the year critic's choice in Songlines magazine for 'A Fade in Time'. He is vocalist, percussionist and dancer for The Super Best Friends Club, whose latest album, 'Love Blows' has had airtime on BBC radio 3 and radio 6 music. He is an experienced workshop and choir leader. He works for the Lawnmowers Theatre as a coordinator and musician.
What did the Wolf do to Granny ?
What did Little Red do to the Wolf ?
What did Little Red do to Granny ?!
11th March 2020
Little Red Riding Hood and
other Lost Girls performed by
The fairytale world is littered with girls who are lost or mislaid, and very few are as innocent as you might first imagine. Nell Phoenix strays from the path in search of young, and not so young, women who have played in the woods, forgotten the rules, and should have at least had an inkling, that something was likely to go horribly wrong.
'Darkly humorous and Seriously playful.'
'Phoenix is a mercurial and captivating performer.' Dave Fargnoli
'Bold, bubbly and brutal, Nell Phoenix guides us through a plethora of girl-meets-wolf tales in a lively evening of storytelling'. Justin Stathers, TheatreBubble