Edinburgh is awash with storytelling shows aimed at grown-ups this year. The Pleasance venues lead the way with Rose Reid’s mixture of folk tales and song, a mesmerising retelling of episodes from the life of St Francis of Assisi, The Odyssey and a twisted modern version of the Icarus myth.
The Scottish Storytelling Centre, on Royal Mile, starts a series of adult storytelling evenings today and this month one of the most anticipated events at the Edinburgh Book Festival is the European debut of The Moth, a New York storytelling salon that has become an American literary phenomenon, touring the US and enjoying 600,000 iTunes downloads a month.
Tomorrow the National Theatre in London begins its first adult storytelling strand with two tellers performing in a tent by the Thames each night. The Crick Crack Club has been building a storytelling audience for 20 years and its events at the Barbican and the Soho Theatre are regularly sold out.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
In The Times, Ben Hoyle reports on how storytelling is pulling in the crowds.