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 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.
SUN 10 FEB 2.30pm
A bored king, a wild man tamed by a whore, a quest for eternal life, and the deepest secrets of the gods… World renowned storyteller Ben Haggarty, and multi-instrumentalist Jonah Brody, bring Gilgamesh to the stage in an extraordinary and powerful telling of one of the oldest stories in the world.
Deities are irritated and appeased by turn, supernatural beings are slain, apocalypse is averted, and our anti-hero turned hero, discovers what it really is to be a man. The result is a psychedelic, passionate, fast paced epic, laced with quick-witted
SUN 10 MAR 2.30pm
From Lagos to London to Long Island the orisha, the Orisha – deities of the Yoruba – make their presence felt.
Despite the forced spread of the Yoruba peoples across the Atlantic their West African mythology survived, concealed in Voudon and Candomblé. The fabulous storyteller Jan Blake & musician Crispin Robinson, lay bare these magical stories of immortalised human spirits, the origins of the gods and an ancient cosmology, with passion and power.
Journey through Afro-Cuban myth, legend and lore. Expect rich stories, rousing rhythm and sacred song.
SUN 14 APR 2.30pm
Enter another world – a world where humans encounter gods…Orpheus, whose musical and poetic powers were so great that they even survived an encounter with Hades; Midas, with his golden touch; the abduction of Persephone, Queen of the Underworld; the nymph Echo, repeating the last words of others, and the beautiful, vain, Narcissus.
Inspired by Ovid’s tales of transformation, Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden breath life onto some of the most famous myths in the world. Vivid and poignant, this is a performance of golden narratives – storytelling at its most poetic.
SUN 19 MAY 2.30pm
FAIRYTALES FOR GROWN-UPS: TROLLS! BY ABBI PATRIX
Edvard Much took inspiration from the vivid, richly metaphorical Norwegian folk and fairytales championed by his uncle Peter Munch. Let acclaimed French-Norwegian storyteller, Abbi Patrix draw you into the dark realm of fairytales for grown-up – treacherous, comedic and magical by turn.
These are stories of enchantment, initiation and reflections of our deepest fears. In this snow- swathed landscape trolls lurk in every corner; the Ash Lad is ever-ready with his bag of trickness; young men dream; everything happens in threes, and nothing is quite what it seems.