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The inspiration comes from Markandeya, the pilgrim, and his encounter with Vishnu.
And into that embrace, fall a couple of spacious, timeless wonder tales that have grown in me.
Where does it hurt? Stories can heal, they can also be poison. What stories have been keeping you alive in these extraordinary times? Ashley Ramsden with Brazilian guitarist, Ariel Gragnani with a little laughing gas, a shot of the right stuff in the arm and a provocative tale or two to slip under your tongue.Find out more »
Sarah Liisa Wilkinson tells a fairy tale from Finland – that travels from lake to sea, to the middle of the forest, and right into the fiery heat of the sauna… Sarah Liisa Wilkinson is an English-Finnish storyteller, who delights audiences with her always engaging, energetic and playful performance style. She is a member of The Embers Collective, a storytelling and music group in London. Tickets on the door - £8 (regular rate), £5 (concessions)Find out more »
A new commission supported by the Gwobr Esyllt Harker Award and premiered at Beyond the Border 2018. A bilingual 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. £8 (£5 concessions)Find out more »
With Jake Evans Friday 7th September, 7:30pm PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE Corner House Hotel Heaton Road Heaton Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear NE6 5RP A vibrant and evocative selection of traditional and true stories from across the high seas with the focal point of Shackleton Endurance Expedition, join us for a night of heroic feats and adventure. Jake Evans was first introduced to traditional storytelling shortly before leaving school and a passion for the art form soon developed. After winning the 'Young Storyteller of the Year' award in 2014, Jake has been forging a career…Find out more »
Friday 4th May, 7.30pm Cobalt Studio 10-16 Boyd St Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear NE2 1AP "Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” ― Henry David Thoreau An adventure through stories, new and old, some true, some bold. journey with Sita across Asia and Europe in search of tales of wit and wisdom. Sita has been telling stories since…Find out more »
with Richard Birmingham Friday 2nd March, 7:30pm PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE Corner House Hotel Heaton Road Heaton Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear NE6 5RP Richard Birmingham, once a fisherman, once a boat builder, once a sailor of the seven seas, now has tales to tell. Tales of courage and fear, of strength and failing, of caution and recklessness. Tales of the people who have faced the challenges of the sea. George Pollard set out from Nantucket Island on his…Find out more »
with Daniel Allison & Lally O'Keeffe Friday 2nd February, 7:30pm PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE Corner House Hotel Heaton Road Heaton Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear NE6 5RP Wolves, bears and lynx once roamed the hills and forests of Britain. Is it time for them to return? Here, we add mythic voice to the debate, telling tales from near and far that illuminate these mysterious hunters, woven together with folk song and the hypnotic sounds of the didgeridoo and hang…Find out more »
With Dominic Kelly Friday 2nd December, 7.30pm Cobalt Studio 10-16 Boyd St Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear NE2 1AP A Wild epic from Irish Mythology Ulster and Connaught: two sides of Ireland. In these two places live two best friends: Cú Chulainn and Fráech - the fastest, most fearless and most feared young warriors in Ireland. But Ulster and Connaught really don’t like each other. They don’t like each other at all. And huge forces are…Find out more »
With Hugh Lupton Friday 1st December, 7:30pm Cobalt Studio 10-16 Boyd St Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear NE2 1AP We look forward to an evening of stories with Hugh Lupton, one of Britain's leading storytellers...... A solo performance by Hugh Lupton. In Norfolk to ‘mardle’ is to gossip. This is a programme of folk-tales, legends, memories, music and songs from the gossiping acres of East Anglia. In turns funny, frightening, bawdy and playful, it celebrates the folk imagination of…Find out more »
With Christine McMahon Friday 1st September, 7:30pm Cobalt Studio 10-16 Boyd St Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear NE2 1AP Christine McMahon is a vibrant Storyteller with an international reputation. She has a love of traditional folktales, particularly those with a link to her Northern roots. Born in Lancashire, living in Yorkshire, her ready wit and warm manner , mixed with a dollop of Northern grit make her a unique performer who tells tales close to home even when she is…Find out more »
With Joshua & Malcolm Green Friday 2nd June, 7:30pm Cobalt Studio 10-16 Boyd St Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear NE2 1AP Stories and Songs of a Secret Messenger It’s shortly after dawn at RAF Fyingdales on the North York Moors and a male cuckoo soon to be named Vigilamus is having a 4.5 gm transmitter strapped to his back. A few weeks later he will have flown thousands of miles south, 5kms up in the sky through Libya and Chad…Find out more »