Stapleford Granary

Event description

Friday 8 May 2020. 19:30 

£12/£8 (under 16) 

Cambridge Storytellers proudly present

Branwen

With Michael Harvey and Pauline Down.

Story and Song combine to tell the story of Branwen.

 

'Michael Harvey and Pauline Down are masters of their art, and wonderful ambassadors for Welsh culture and tradition. This is storytelling at its very best.' 

 Donald Smith, Director Scottish International Storytelling Festival

ALSO - WORKSHOP WITH MICHAEL & PAULINE ON SATURDAY 9 MAY -  SEE UNDER COURSES

 

One of the greatest myths of Celtic mythology, this ancient Welsh story has an intimate relationship with the landscape where it is set, as well as the landscape of the human soul. It is a story of magical transformation, extreme characters, wildness, fury and longing. 

The story has a different shape to it than many other stories and is rooted in a deep dream logic that still talks to us directly today,many centuries after its composition. This version is performed with the singer and composer Pauline Down. It was premiered at the 2017 Festival at the Edge, where it was given a standing ovation, and subsequently at Harlech Castle, where parts of the story are set. 

 

Last spring Hugh Lupton brought stories from the Mabinogion to Stapleford. This year two very different performers use story and song to tell another branch of this myth.

 

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Michael Harvey has worked all over the world telling traditional stories and leading workshops. His storytelling home turf is the physical and mythological landscape of Wales and he has worked extensively with the production company Adverse Camber touring the award winning show Hunting the Giant’s Daughter and Dreaming the Night Field. He has won a Major Creative Wales Award and was a member of the 3rd Labo at La Maison du Conte Storytelling Centre in Paris.

Pauline Down is a voice teacher, singer and composer. She is a founder member of the  Natural Voice Network and leads community choirs, holds individual and small group sessions for building confidence and vocal skills and is a leader in the field of singing and health. Pauline also has experience in theatre and performance and has a passion for performing poetry as well as close harmony a cappella singing, most recently with the Chalk Circle Collective.