The start of a weekend of stories, songs and music from Wales and the Wide Wide World! Friday performances include 'Gawain' by Sarah Rundle and live music from Herionymus and Mackerel Sky.
Gawain by Sarah Rundle (Crick Crack Club)n 7:45pm When Men were Men, Women were Women, and an Axe was an Axe…Gawain rode out of Camelot to seek his doom.
When an unjolly green giant pitches up in your castle wielding an axe, it's wise to avoid any rash decision making. One year later, gorgeous Gawain - a bit of a brash champion and the King’s nephew - rides out in golden armour on his white horse. His mission is suicidal, his journey long and cold; he is constantly ambushed … but the greatest danger comes from his own heart.
As he ducks the advances of sharp blades and dishonest wives, love, war, and chivalry combine in this, a classic tale from King Arthur’s Court. This performance is epic and magic, offset with intelligent irreverence.
Sarah Rundle got locked away in a laboratory to be a biochemist, but tunnelled her way to freedom. She ran away to train in community storytelling in south Cheshire and in acting at Drama Studio London, and is now an actor and storyteller. Over the last seven years she has performed in theatres, cafes, museums, yurts, and a Saxon longhouse, and has taken the performance storytelling scene by storm with her first solo performance piece – Gawain. Sarah’s work is intelligent, dynamic and defiantly un-twee...
The Dancing Bear and the Doll 9:30pm Cabinet of Curiosities 10pm Arthur is asleep in his cave, snoring like a Great Bear, waiting to be awoken, waiting to save us from ourselves. Weary eyes open, bright lights dazzle him, is he asleep or awake? He listens for his heart, but there is no beat. What is a King with no heart? He looks around, where is he, there are fluffy red dragons, bendy swords, dolls of Myrddyn in a pointy hat? A small girl with dark hair and green eyes presses a button on his chest, his arm moves up and down brandishing Excalibur. He hears a voice, not his, a metallic voice inside his body, saying ‘I am Arthur King of the Britons, welcome friends, to My Labyrinth.’ Created for the Festival, inspired by the exhibition Petrified in Storyland showing in Gallery 2. A Cabinet of Curiosities are Ailsa Mair Hughes, cello and songs, Pixy Tom, fiddle and accordion, and Peter Stevenson storyteller and artist, here to tell the curious tale of King Arthur and St Dwynwen, struggling to understand their place in a world where history is told by museum mannequins and the past is sanitised in fluffy furry toys. http://aberstoryfestival.wordpress.com/2012-programme/a-cabinet-of-curos...
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Free cakes, and an opening of Zoe Childerley's exhibition, Petrified in Storyland in Gallery 2.
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