March Madness - gigs in London, Gig & Workshop in Brighton
Hello! I've been silent on this list for so long! You might have found this somewhat of a relief. I came back from a 13 day storytelling tour in India last November so tired that I hit the buffers but now I'm back, rested, and with some great gigs in the calendar.
I have now programmed all of 2017's Stories On A Sunday. For details of what you can now book go to http://gilesabbott.com/2016/07/new-season-of-stories-on-a-sunday-now-on-sale/
The first public gig of March is Stories On A Sunday, 12th March - "Love's Fool" An artist, Pygmalion, thinking womanhood sadly degraded, carves his ideal woman in stone. He falls in love, prays she come alive. She does, and this story really gets going where the Ovid's version ends, because if stone in unchanging flesh is not! Book now for this highly acclaimed piece of contemporary storytelling at;
The Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities
11 Mare Street,
London E8 4RP
6pm & 8pm tickets £11 or £5.95 concs.
Then on Saturday 18th March at 7pm I'm doing a double bill at the Old Sorting Office Arts Centre, 49 Station Road, Barnes SW13 0LF. First, and for a family audience, from 3-3:45pm I shall be telling "Lightning & Lies", rollicking Viking stories of Thor & Loki. Expect helmets, hammers, giants, tricks, adventure and laughter. Laughter? Well, can you imagine Thor in a frock? Tickets are £10 at http:// http://www.osoarts.org.uk/events/lightning-lies-viking-tales-for-children/
Then at 8pm for grown ups I'm performing "From Borges To Bugs". What can you expect? I will lead you gently into the mind-opening fiction of Jorge Luis Borges, an Argentinian author who, writing only short fiction and poetry nonetheless became a giant of 20th Century fiction. Borges is an author who sometimes intimidates but I can promise you joy, amazement and wonder as we travel via Borges to Magical Realism, then to Amerindian folk-story, connecting all, and showing how the storytelling of dispossessed nations nonetheless found its way into all our childhoods.
Originally commissioned by the Instituto Cervantes and performed first in Manchester, this show, part storytelling part talk, has been praised as a “superb introduction to a great writer”. Come and be inspired!
WARNING: this product may contain carrots.
On Sunday 26th March I'm on the coast in Brighton and leading a Voice Workshop for Brighton Storytellers. If you know anyone in or near Sussex who wants to connect to their best, most compelling, most charismatic speaking voice tell them to book their place whilst places last! We run from 1-5pm and it's four hours that will transform how you use and how you feel about your voice! We shall be at
Exeter Street Hall
16-17 Exeter Street
Tickets for this immersive and exhilarating 4 hour workshop cost £25 and you can book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/voice-workshop-with-giles-abbott-tickets-31643947900
Then on Monday 27th March & still in Brighton I'm performing my reimagining of classic European folktales, "50 Shades Of Grimm". It's amazing what happens when you take a Grimm Brothers tale and simply imagine what might happen if the women were real! Sensual, gently erotic storytelling which, when performed last summer at East Anglia Storytelling Festival drew comments such as;
‘Gave us the Goddess but, even more, gave us male desire which was reverent, not sleazy’ Alma, East Anglia Storytelling Festival
‘Giles did something I’ve never seen a storyteller do before because this was not bawdy or smutty but genuinely evoked two characters making love. Wonderful!’ Andy Jennings, East Anglia Storytelling Festival
We start at 8pm and tickets, at £9 & £7:50 are available here;
and 0845 293 8480
That's all that's open to the public! More to come in April.