Myths Retold is a series of performances of some of the greatest stories in the world. Enter a flickering cave of wonder for a wild exploration of epic & myth…
SUN 9 SEP 2.30pm
A king carries the corpse of a hanged man across a cemetery at night – but the corpse is not dead, it is possessed by a storytelling vampire, whose enigmatic puzzles threaten to burst the King’s head into a thousand pieces. With customary charismatic style, performance storyteller TUUP takes to the stage with sitar virtuoso Sheema Mukherjee, to tell transglobalised versions of this stunning 11th-century Indian epic fairy-tale.
SUN 7 OCT 2.30pm
One woman, nine trusted companions, six treacherous midwives, and the hanging of a mouse…
Intelligent, generous and with a dry wit, a queen travels from her Other World, riding a horse that no one can catch. She comes because of love, but this love between a goddess and a mortal is destined for trouble.
The Welsh epic cycle of the Mabinogion is renowned for its complex fragmentary brilliance. Performance Storyteller Katy Cawkwell untangles the 1st and 3rd branches of this beautiful Celtic myth to bring us Rhiannon.
SUN 4 NOV 2.30pm
Take a trip to the underworld, Walk into the fire, And don’t look back…
Combining performance storytelling, music and song, Pandvani108 turn on the epic jukebox to bring us a wild afternoon of unbowdlerised global myth and epic, in untamed short form style. Gods, monsters, giants, warriors & divas from Greece, Ireland, the Scandinavian North, the Indian heat and far beyond, are all hauled centre stage.
Far from sedate spoken word, this is an exuberant cinema of the imagination, inspired by a 3,000 year old epic singing tradition.
SUN 9 DEC 2.30pm
Why do dervishes whirl? Why is the mule so fond of the camel? Some questions have been asked forever, and most are asking something else entirely.
In a performance laced with subversion, rebellion, comedy, poetry, and philosophy, the acclaimed Egyptian performer, Chirine El Ansary, takes an unexpected journey into the bizarre and beautiful Sufi realm. Simultaneously ancient and contemporary, this is a performance full of mystics, forgotten faiths, fairy tales and inklings.