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National Storytelling Week

As National Storytelling Week begins this weekend, storytellers from across the UK will be telling stories derived from traditional myths, legends and fairy tales. This is a week where making things up is not frowned upon and telling tall tales is actively encouraged. Held during the first week of February, National Storytelling Week was conceived in 2000 to increase public awareness of the art, practice and value of oral storytelling.

Sarah Kirk is one of the storytellers involved in the festival. As well as tutoring science through Osborne Cawkwell, Sarah has been telling tales of medieval knights and Japanese monsters for the last seven years. Here she recommends some upcoming storytelling evenings:

– THURSDAY 31st JANUARY, 7pm
The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS
THE POOREST HEE – with SARAH RUNDLE
Leave the dances and the masquerades, the swish of silk and the piles of sweetmeats. Go with Sarah Rundle to Marston Moor, where the Dead tell tales. Take his thigh-bone: he won’t need it: fashion a flute. She will teach you a very old tune – the beautiful song of freedom.
Plus music from APPLE OF MY EYE & short stories by RAGNHILD MØRCH & NICK HUNT. Tickets: £6 on door. 50p off for cyclists. (Please bring some evidence that you cycled.)
For more information or to reserve a high table please contact Cat Gerrard at tailspinning@gmail.com

– SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY, 8pm
99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, NW5
STORYNIGHT AT TORRIANO: THE WHISPERING ROAD
NICK HENNESSEY, VICKI SWAN AND JONNY DYER as SERIOUS KITCHEN
For the first time in 8 years Nick Hennessey, Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer re-combine as Serious Kitchen to create a brand new show. Drawing on the rich heritage of Scandinavian myths and stories, The Whispering Road is a show blending Nick Hennessey’s spellbinding storytelling with Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer’s experience in the Swedish folk music scene. Drawing on the rich Swedish folk tradition and instruments, through spoken word, song and music ‘The Whispering Road” tells the story of hope in the darkness, of two strangers bound by a ring and of the one who could not love. Suitable for all ages
£6  – email:  nell.phoenix@blueyonder.co.uk

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– SUNDAY 3rd FEBRUARY, 7.45pm
Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol
The Kingdom of the Heart
Through a hole in the ground and an opening of the mind, a gleaming, golden land is visible – but only to those who know how to look…
Join a restless king, a talking horse, the old woman from the apple orchard and the youngest son of twelve on an unforgettable journey towards The Kingdom of the Heart.
An evening of spellbinding storytelling and music, created and performed by Katy Cawkwell and Sarah Llewellyn-Jones, drawing freely on Czech wonder tales and music by Bach and Britten.
Tickets: £10 (concessions £8) Box Office: 0117 902 0344

– FRIDAY 8th  FEBRUARY, 8pm
Hammersmith Cultural Irish Centre (upstairs), Blacks Rd, Hammersmith W6
VERGINE GULBENKIAN : ‘STATE OF MATTER’ AN ARMENIAN WONDER TALE!
We look forward to a terrific evening with Vergine who will enchant us with a smouldering love story. A show about burning: inflamed by a 17th century love epic, told by Armenian and Turkish bards, held by an Armenian wondertale and fed by family myths.
£6 Further info: katesay@hotmail.com and www.irishculturalcentre.co.uk

– TUESDAY 12th FEBRUARY, 8pm
Crick Crack Club at Soho Theatre (Studio) Dean Street  W1D 3NE
THE SHAHNAMEH : XANTHE GRESHAM  with music by ARASH MORADI
Xanthe dives headlong into the majestic mythology of Persia to perform sections of this epic masterpiece – The Book of Kings – accompanied by the Iranian musician Arash Moradi.
Magical horses,  supersized heroes, consuming passions.  Here fathers and sons may be strangers in battle; selfish kings move others like chess pieces; beauty can be both a gift and a curse and femme fatales condemn young men to fire. Tickets £9/£7
Box office 0207478 0100 www.sohotheaatre.com    Suitable for adults (children 14+)

Picture: Jan Pienkowski

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