Friday 29 March 2019
19:30 £10/£8 under 16
Hugh Lupton: The Hanging of a Mouse
Presented by Cambridge Story Tellers
This show is not for young children but is suitable for over 12s.
A bardic school has been brutally massacred by King John. One man, barely alive, is found hiding amongst the carnage. He is Cian Brydydd Mawr, the greatest bard of his age. He holds in his head the ancient stories of his land…
In Hugh Lupton's retelling, we witness these stories of spirits and shape-shifters, giants and time travelers, curses and spells being told as they originally would have been in the ancient bardic tradition. These tales ask as much of their audience as they tell, illuminating why they have remained an inspirational part of Welsh and British culture for centuries.
Hugh Lupton is an internationally renowned story-teller and novelist.
Hugh Lupton is one of Britain’s leading storytellers.
Hugh Lupton’s interest in traditional music, in street theatre, in live poetry, and in myth, resulted in him becoming a professional storyteller in 1981 (there were perhaps half a dozen in Britain at the time), working largely in schools.
In 1985 he formed the Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Pomme Clayton with a view to taking storytelling to adult audiences (until that point it had been perceived as an art-form for children).
For twelve years the Company toured Britain, running workshops, performing at Arts Centres and theatres, organising festivals, and working in education. They were deeply involved with the National Oracy Project. Their work was instrumental in stimulating a nation-wide revival of interest in storytelling. Their performances included The Three Snake Leaves, an exploration of the dark face of the Grimms stories, commissioned by the South Bank Centre for their German Romantic Festival in 1994, described by the Independent as ‘a wonderful, intricate piece about storytelling and the possibilities of redemption.’ And I Become Part of It an imagined mythology for Mesolithic Britain (commissioned by the Arts Council, Eastern Arts and East Midland Arts) reviewed in the Times Educational Supplement: ‘The Company held a Purcell Room audience spell-bound for two hours… the stories - dwelling on the perennial themes of hunger, love, renewal, transformation, sex and death – overlapped and complemented each other, seeming in the end to all be part of one story.’