Has your pilot light puttered? Your credit crunched? Never fear, help is here to re-ignite the spark.
On a road trip through Mexico (via haunted hotel rooms, day of the dead celebrations, visions and peculiar folklore) two deities dangle like dice from the rear view mirror… One is Baba Yaga - once a goddess of fire and fertility, now just a witch in Russian nursery tales. The other is The Virgin of Guadalupe - Latin America’s iconic Mother, who launches Mexican waves of tea-towels, plastic bracelets and prayer cards across the country. Famous and beloved she holds us all in the folds of her mantle.
Unlikely travelling companions perhaps, but only they can guide the way to the 360 degree hilltop epiphany, where you, me and the moment collide…
Press for Xanthe Gresham
‘Xanthe Speaks like a Woman Spitting Jewels’
Arts Council England
‘Gresham is a truly great storyteller who unwraps each tale like the petals of a lotus flower. At the end of the evening you leave with something beautiful created in your own mind.’
British Theatre Review
Xanthe has been a full-time storyteller since 1995 working both solo and in close collaboration with musician, Sherry Robinson, to create such memorable performances as ‘Cuchulain’, ‘A Key to Eyelids’ ‘Hecate Tango’, and ‘Aphrodite and the Real Red Shoes’. Her style is highly distinctive, energetic and delighting in the absurd and preposterous. She has been described as ‘The Aerial Artiste of the spoken word.’ She has worked extensively for The British Museum performing Epics from Iran, Iraq and Ireland, Native American Stories, and Stories for numerous exhibitions such as ‘The Magic of Persia’ and ‘Durer’. She works as a storyteller for Holland Park and The Chelsea Physic Garden and is Lecturer in Storytelling and Drama at the University of East London. She has performed in Festivals, schools and libraries in the UK, Ireland, France, Slovenia, Holland, Switzerland and New Zealand.
For further information, and to book, please contact the programme manager Kate Norgate
07791 157 437