Jan Blake & TUUP
Caribbean Spook Tales
Stories of vampires, Jumbies & shapeshifters
The Unorthodox, Unprecedented Preacher, TUUP, and the Queen of Afro-Caribbean storytellers, Jan Blake, take to the stage with unsurpassed style and alarming charisma, for a thunderous storytelling exploration of sorcery and shape-shifting.
Working with the magic of contraries, these are disturbing, comedic and poignant tales of the ghosts, duppies, jumbies and conjure folk that haunt the Caribbean and the Americas.
Powerful, bold and downright genius – Jan Blake is the Queen of Afro-Caribbean Storytelling. An outstanding storyteller, she performs in theatres and festivals the length and breadth of Europe. Jan was born in Manchester to Jamaican parents. Inspired by recordings of 'Miss Lou' (Louise Bennett) she came to telling stories in 1986, and rapidly gained an international reputation for witty and exhilarating performances. Specialising in folktales from West Africa, North Africa, the Arab world and the Caribbean, her repertoire is full of tales of powerful women and her versions of Ananse’s exploits are definitive. In 2004 she took the American National Storytelling Festival at Jonesborough, Tennessee by storm. She has worked as an artist in residence at various theatres in England, developing particularly close links with the National Theatre (where she is the Consultant on Storytelling), the London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Deptford Albany, the Lyric theatre in Hammersmith and Battersea Arts Centre.
Born in Guyana and raised in Acton, West London, Godfrey Duncan - TUUP (The Unorthodox, Unprecedented Preacher) - has been a professional storyteller since 1981, when he joined Ben Haggarty and Daisy Keable to form the West London Storytelling Unit. He is truly an elder of the storytelling revival in Britain. His style of total improvisation, fabulous capacity for mimicry and ear for a wild story is outstanding. He has a deeply sensitive spirit, which means that he can sometimes create very moving spontaneous poetry. He has travelled the world, telling stories all over Europe and in Northern and Southern Africa. He has performed in many countries in Asia and both North and South America in his role as a creative lyricist, poet, percussionist and vocalist with the highly influential dance music collective, Transglobal Underground.
Prices - available on request
Availability - please enquire with specific dates
Production is highly flexible and if any of the stated technical requirements present a difficulty or query, then please do contact us.
Minimum get-in (prior to house opening): 2 hours
Performance length: 2 hours plus interval (15-20 mins)
Target audience: adults (unsuitable for under 14s)
Performance area: dimensions minimum: 4 metres width, 3 metres depth, 3 metres headroom.
Set: Performance to take place in front of black drapes where possible.
Performance to take place on black painted floor where possible.
4 x silks (approx 1 meter wide) will be provided - to be hung vertically, 2 x stage left, 2 x stage right.
2 plain wooden chairs (these can be provided if necessary)
Lighting: There are only two states: a preset and a performance state.
Performance state is a warm wash.
Preset should ideally use star break-up gobos and blue/red gels (can be provided)
Sound: In smaller venues (up to approx 150 seating capacity) the performance can be performed acoustically.
In larger venues, where audience capacity and venue demand full amplification, a lavalier type radio microphone will be required, and a sound technician will need to be present.
PA for walk in music
Contact Details – The Crick Crack Club
34 Hartington Road
07791 157 437