LINE-UP: Who was at BtB 2014?

Here are details about some of the shows that were at this year’s festival.

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Abbi Patrix & Compagnie du cercle

Abbi Patrix & Compagnie du cercle

Pas de Deux: A Concert of Stories Abbi Patrix : storytelling, percussions; Linda Edsjö : marimba, vibraphone, percussions Who made the first move, the woman or the man? Myth tells us how the Creator accidentally caused this first encounter and how it has transformed the destiny… Read more >

Ashley Ramsden

Ashley Ramsden

The Outrageous Adventures of the Hodja Nasruddin. Beloved by storytellers around the world the immortal Hodja keeps reappearing whenever life gets too serious. Disturber of the Peace, Helper of the Poor, he has many names but few tell of his origins, of the suppression and… Read more >

Ben Haggarty: The Devil, The Tsar and the Three Dry Biscuits

Ben Haggarty: The Devil, The Tsar and the Three Dry Biscuits

Ben Haggarty embarks on this rumbustious tale of outwitting and trickery. In this Russian fairytale a magical sack can solve all your hunger problems, doctors wield drinking glasses in place of stethoscopes, and a soldier determined to outwit death learns that a good game of… Read more >

Dafydd Davies Hughes

Dafydd Davies Hughes

Drawing on the rich sensory experience of life on the far western seaboard of Wales, from salmon spawning streams to dawn light through the May woods, Dafydd weaves the spindrift of untamed places into the fabric of his tales. From the Mabinogi to poaching yarns… Read more >

Daniel Morden, Oliver Wilson-Dickson and Dylan Fowler

Daniel Morden, Oliver Wilson-Dickson and Dylan Fowler

Tree of Leaf & Flame, Tales from the Mabinogi Daniel Morden, Oliver Wilson-Dickson and Dylan Fowler Haunting storytelling and dazzling musicianship come together in this unique retelling of The Mabinogi, the oldest stories of Britain. Suitable for anyone over 11. ‘www.treeofleafandflame.co.uk     Dark Tales from… Read more >

Dominic Kelly

Dominic Kelly

Dominic is a performance storyteller with an international reputation for dynamic, powerful and entertaining work. He has toured to venues including The Barbican, National Theatre, Soho Theatre, Teater Pero, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, The British Museum and festivals around the world from India to… Read more >

Duncan Mackintosh

Duncan Mackintosh

Duncan Mackintosh is a storyteller, theatre director, free-lance teacher, and performer of poetry. He teaches at Artemis School of the Living Word and has often been a central contributor in the International School of Storytelling. Duncan also facilitates workshops on Rumi’s works, on The Alchemy… Read more >

Dylan Thomas: Mythic Influences

Dylan Thomas: Mythic Influences

John Goodby and Erica Wagner in discussion about Dylan Thomas’ use of Welsh folklore, and myth. From the tale of Gwion Bach and the legend of Seithyn in the poems ‘How shall my animal’ and ‘Prologue’, to the more general structures offered by the modernist… Read more >

Electric Jalaba

Electric Jalaba

In the summer of 2011, a band of eclectic groove adventurers travelling under the name Soundspecies met UK based, Moroccan gnawa master musician Simo Lagnawi at a festival. After a handful of jam sessions and without ever having performed together in public, they booked two days in… Read more >

Emily Parrish: Loki

Emily Parrish: Loki

Scandalous god, shape-shifter, wheeler-dealer, seducer and assassin… you can’t live with him, and the world can’t exist without him. In the dark North where Gods and Giants hammer the world into existence and Baldr’s nightmares gnaw at the gates, Loki has found the perfect playground…. Read more >

Fanfare of Strumpets

Fanfare of Strumpets

A Fanfare of Strumpets is a four-piece a capella harmony group specialising in – everything! Their roots are in folk and dance songs but “If it’s entertaining and we all like it, it’s in!” Their repertoire ranges from traditional folk to Swedish love songs to… Read more >

Fire in the North Sky: Epic Tales from Finland (Saatuja Sanoja)

Fire in the North Sky: Epic Tales from Finland (Saatuja Sanoja)

Nick Hennessey (storyteller, vocals); Anna-Kaisa Liedes (vocals); Kristiina Ilmonen (wind instruments, percussion, vocals); Timo Väänänen (kantele, pyngyr, vocals) Birch bark sapling. Arrows strong and arrows clear. Six golden eggs and a seventh made of iron. A spark from the sky – and the world is made. Stories, songs,… Read more >

Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon is universally known for the staggeringly popular Horrid Henry series. These books and CDs have sold over 18 million copies in the UK alone and are published in 27 countries. Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman won the Children’s Book of the the… Read more >

Francis Maxey

Francis Maxey

Francis Maxey, storyteller, clown and circus performer, has worked at this festival in the past clowning around and performing his verbal gymnastics as a storyteller. At this year’s festival he will be performing his exquisite clown show and hosting the Milgi’s Yurt. He works extensively… Read more >

Guto Dafis

Guto Dafis

Guto Dafis is a teller of tales and singer of songs.  He also plays the melodeon and often incorporates music and song in his storytelling performances.  Whether as storyteller or singer his appearances are characterised by energy, humour and an engaging wryness and warmth. Guto… Read more >

Heidi Dahlsveen

Heidi Dahlsveen

50 percent evil: This is the story of all the beauty you can create with your hands, all the beauty Volund would create in the face of fire and iron. This is a story about when the evil was created by the smith’s tools. And why… Read more >

Hugh Lupton

Hugh Lupton

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. For twelve years he toured Britain with the ‘Company of Storytellers’. Their work was instrumental in stimulating a nation-wide revival of… Read more >

Jan Blake, Kouame Sereba and Raymond Sereba

Jan Blake, Kouame Sereba and Raymond Sereba

The Old Woman, The Buffalo and The Lion of Manding In an epic performance of majesty, humour and passion, one of Europe’s leading storytellers tells the story of The Birth of Sundiata, legendary founder of the great Malian Empire in West Africa. Featuring hunters and… Read more >

Jez Danks

Jez Danks

An old violin rescued from a bonfire was the starting point for Jez Danks’ lifelong interest in music and performance, his first role being King Herod in the infant school Nativity play.   Later he worked as a musician, teacher, farm worker, builder, decorator, lorry driver… Read more >

Laura Simms: Unlocking Nine Locks

Laura Simms: Unlocking Nine Locks

A deep piece about recovery from rape, and about forgiveness. South Africa, the Caucasus and New York City merge into a place where buried princesses are found dressed in golden helmets and tattooed with animals, and city streets have no lights for weeks. In our world… Read more >

Little Wolf Gang

Little Wolf Gang

Peter and the Wolf and Other Tales from the Russian Forest Martin Maudsley storyteller Eddy Jay accordion Fiona Barrow violin David Adams bassoon A brand-new interpretation of a well-loved classic that transforms Prokofiev’s original Peter and the Wolf into a playful interaction between virtuoso music… Read more >

Lynne Denman & Maria Hayes: Kymbri

Lynne Denman & Maria Hayes: Kymbri

Lynne Denman breathes new life into the early medieval poetry and stories of the ancient Britons and their kingdoms in the old north. Urien Rheged lives again and the songs of his poet and spin doctor Taliesin are heard against a projected backdrop of the… Read more >

Martin Maudsley

Martin Maudsley

Martin Maudsley is a busy professional storyteller based in Dorset, telling tales in theatres, festivals, schools, pubs, tents and (as often as he can) outdoors. Martin regularly works with local and national organisations providing performances, projects and workshops, including BBC Learning, Cheltenham Festivals of Science… Read more >

Mats Rehnman

Mats Rehnman

Sweden’s Mats Rehnman is a writer, educator, storyteller,author and illustrator. He has performed all over Sweden for all sorts of audiences, hired by festivals, theatres, schools, libraries, radio, corporations etc, with both traditional and original stories, as well as appearing at  festivals around the world….. Read more >

Megan Lloyd

Megan Lloyd

Megan Lloyd –  storyteller, visual artist and Indian classical dancer with India Dance Wales. Her storytelling has taken her on a train to Israel, the snowy landscape of Lapland, from Uzbekistan to Tenby. Megan is a founder member of Tales From Beyond The Border Storytelling… Read more >

Michael Harvey

Michael Harvey

Michael has told stories throughout the UK and Europe as well as at festivals in North and South America. Most of his work is in either English or Welsh and occasionally both at the same time! He combines depth of material with lightness of delivery, minted fresh for every audience. In 2011… Read more >

Mikael Oberg

Mikael Oberg

A Belly Full of Magic Wild and riotous adventures of reckless heroes and malevolent spirits, tales ofweird and wonderful journeys, ancient stories from the Finnish Kalevala and other traditions, all re-imagined with wit and wonder, humour and intensity. Mikael Öberg is a Swedish performance storyteller… Read more >

Milgi Lounge hosts

Milgi Lounge hosts

Fiona Collins lives in Carrog in North East Wales. With two former Young Storytellers of Wales, Bronwen Hughes and Bethan Mascerenhas, she leads Story Circles for young storytellers in Llandudno.  She also hosts the Storytelling Cafe in Llangollen. Guto Dafis Jez Danks Dafydd Davies Hughes… Read more >

Nick Hennessey and Serious Kitchen: The Whispering Road

Nick Hennessey and Serious Kitchen: The Whispering Road

Nick Hennessey, Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer Drawing on the rich heritage of Scandinavian myth and music, the evening combines Hennessey’s spellbinding storytelling with Swan and Dyer’s dazzling skills on a variety of Swedish folk instruments, including the ethereal, otherworldly sound of the nyckelharpa. By… Read more >

Nicole & Martin

Nicole & Martin

  …more than Theatre Nestled in the circle of beautiful caravans, the elegant white canvas marquee is visible from a distance, calling you to it. As you approach you enter a magical world of tents, flags and lights, old-fashioned circus caravans, and modern glossy-red horse… Read more >

Our Masters of Ceremonies

Our Masters of Ceremonies

Giles Abbott started storytelling in 1999, after being severely visually impaired by serious illness.  Losing sight he found his path. Giles is also a Voice Teacher and has taught in Drama Colleges and at public events in UK and Europe Nell Phoenix is Artistic Director of… Read more >

Pandvani 108: Epic Juke Box

Pandvani 108: Epic Juke Box

Featuring Storytellers, Mikael Oberg, Ben Haggarty, Emily Parrish, and Dominic Kelly, with musicians, Jonah Brody and Hannah Sanders. The stage is set for a high voltage mythological mash-up. Anglo-Swedish ensemble, Pandvani108 are pushing at the boundaries of performance storytelling – exploring the creation of a… Read more >

Peter Stevenson, Elsa Davies and Ceri Owen-Jones

Peter Stevenson, Elsa Davies and Ceri Owen-Jones

The Art of Visual Storytelling – From Moving Books to Magic Lanterns Peter Stevenson talks on the history of visual art within storytelling, with reference to illustrated books and manuscripts, puppetry, peepshows, magic lanterns, phantasmagorias, artist light boxes, kamishibae and manga, graphic and children’s illustrators,… Read more >

Richard Berry

Richard Berry

Richard Berry is a coordinator of the Cardiff Storytelling Circle and uses storytelling in his work in schools , universities and the community. His work encourages people of all ages and abilities to find and develop their storytelling voice .

Robin Williamson

Robin Williamson

Traveller’s Tales Robin Williamson tells his versions of tales derived from the English & Welsh gypsy and Scots and Irish traveller traditions. The Seed at Zero The works of Dylan Thomas can ,in retrospect ,be clearly seen as glorious recent contributions to the Bardic heritage… Read more >

Rumi – Voice of the Heart

Rumi – Voice of the Heart

“Let the beauty we love be what we do /There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground” The voice, poetry and stories the 13c Sufi, Jelaludin Rumi. The combination of a fully awakened soul, master storyteller, sublime poet, and teacher, is very… Read more >

Sam Lee

Sam Lee

Sam Lee is a Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, promoter (of BBC award-winning Nest Collective), radio host, TV personality, teacher  and animateur, receiving the 2011 Arts Foundation Award, which honoured folk music for the first time. Sam is fast becoming accepted as a new?pioneer, defining… Read more >

Simon Heywood: Out of the Silence

Simon Heywood: Out of the Silence

Out of the Silence: Stories of the conscientious objectors The forgotten story of the sixteen thousand who refused to kill. Simon Heywood & Shonaleigh Cumbers In 1916, as soldiers died and volunteers grew scarce, the British government began the first ever mass conscription of its… Read more >

Spice Arthur 702

Spice Arthur 702

Manga and comic strip speed dates with Japanese picture storytelling and an extra zealous horn section – this is Spice Arthur 702 – turning the usually sedate art of Japanese Kamishibai into something else entirely. Spice Arthur 702 is a collaboration between manga artist and… Read more >

Spiral Designs

Spiral Designs

Come along and create your own story lantern for the lantern parade at one of the Spiral Designs workshops. The lanterns will be made of paper and willow, with silhouette work on them. There will also be lanterns made by Kerris around and about the… Read more >

Story without Speech

Story without Speech

Mark MacQueen & Megan Lloyd An inspiring collaboration between Hearing storyteller Megan Lloyd from Wales and Deaf storyteller and poet Mark MacQueen from Scotland. Together they combine their distinctively visual storytelling styles to create a show accessible and enjoyable for all. As a deaf performer Mark… Read more >

Strange Lovers

Strange Lovers

Performed by Mats Rehnman and Methera Music and storytelling, whats’ the connection? Well in ancient times there was no separation between the two. The storyteller was a musician and the musician a storyteller. It was one art where words and tones, narrative and rhythm brought… Read more >

Suunta

Suunta

Suunta (Finnish for direction) is a Finnish ensemble made up of Timo Väänänen, Anna-Kaise Liedes and Kristiina Ilmonen. It interweaves experimental improvised and composed music with traditional tunes. Flutist and multi-instrumentalist Kristiina Ilmonen specializes in ethnic woodwind instruments such as Nordic flutes and whistles and the ancient Finnish reed instruments liru… Read more >

SWICA Carnival

SWICA Carnival

SWICA Carnival are Wales’ leading Carnival Arts experts – feathered flamboyance and sequined splendour on the move! SWICA create intercultural, intergenerational community events throughout Wales, culminating every August in the massive Cardiff Carnival.   They’ll be helping us end the festival with a bang and a… Read more >

Tales to Sustain: Storytelling for a Greener World

Tales to Sustain: Storytelling for a Greener World

With Charlene Collison, Jane Flood, Eric Maddern, David Metcalfe and Anthony Nanson. Though we can’t predict the future, we can see where things are heading. One way or another, there will be more people having to live on fewer resources. This is going to bring… Read more >

Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy has spent his life travelling around Britain. As a musician and storyteller he has been recorded by Ron Kavana (Pogues) shared a stage with Christy Moore and more recently toured all over the UK and elsewhere with mercury nominated Sam Lee. Thomas has… Read more >

Triptych

Triptych

Triptych will bring you puppet shows to nourish your senses. Their performances are gentle and dreamlike, alive with a sense of wonder and a sense of fun. Inspired by children’s imaginative play, Anna, Farah and Cath create moving pictures out of coloured cloth, wood and… Read more >

 

 

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