Storyteller

"When people told themselves their past with Stories,
explained their present with Stories,
foretold their future with Stories,
the best place by the fire was kept
for the Storyteller"

 

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NEXT PERFORMANCE: TBC

"Brice Stratford is a captivating and knowledgeable storyteller ... with fantastic detail, humanity and not a small degree of horror, our host uses all his skills as an accomplished performer, knowing when to lean in and when to hold back ... Stratford has a clear passion for the history and craft of aural storytelling, and he delivers a highly entertaining and informative hour."
* * * * - Lizzie Milton, Three Weeks Edinburgh

Award-winning Storyteller Brice Stratford takes you on a blistering, unexpected, unpredictable tour of an ever-shifting repertoire of folk tales and twisted fairy stories, provokes a discussion of and about them, whilst always allowing the narratives to speak for themselves. He unlocks new perspectives and new interpretations of familiar tales and old myths, and discovers fresh some of the murkiest old fragments of Local legend and lore.

Aimed at adults (if they can stomach it), the content is also very much appropriate for children from 11 and up, and all ages will benefit from what the shows have to offer. If you've ever told a story, if you've ever been told a story, if you've ever looked at a cloud and seen something else (or, perhaps more importantly, if you haven't) then this is for you.

"a masterclass in oral tradition and storytelling ... master raconteur Brice Stratford recites celtic variants of some ancient tales in almost Homeric style, replete with rolling repetitions, transfered epithets, and a welcoming style that draws the audience in ... It's a sublime and expert performance,
like a TED Talk given by one of the Brothers Grimm ... a rare and fine pleasure, and certainly not to be missed."
* * * * - Graeme Strachan, British Theatre Guide
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Brice Stratford

has been hearing and telling stories for as long as he can remember. Raised on the strange folktales of his rural grandparents, he has been exploring them professionally for the last ten years – primarily in schools and folk festivals, though he is also the resident Storyteller of the Wessex Literary Festival and has books on the Folktales of London's Soho, and of the New Forest area, due to be published Christmas 2018 with the History Press.

Using folktales local to the specific area in which it is being performed (and never the same set of stories twice), Storyteller explores the importance of stories, of why we tell them, and of how they work. It also tells the story of the folk mythologies local to the area, and allows the tales and their narratives to speak for themselves in performance. Storyteller has, in various iterations, been ongoing since 2010 at locations throughout the United Kingdom.

"In this quiet and unassuming act, Stratford tells haunting folk stories with proficiency and style. Spellbinding and poetic, this performance should be seen by anyone, young or old, who would like to be lost in a fairy-tale world ... Adding to this effect is Stratford’s ability to subtly but effectively engage with the audience. From the show’s outset he resists the illusion of the fourth wall that is usually created during a performance by conversing with the audience. Throughout the show, his unswerving eye contact with every member of the audience individually acts as a reminder that you are being spoken to directly, transforming the audience from mere onlookers into participants in the conversation ... Storyteller is a powerful piece of theatre and among the best of the Fringe this year. Everyone should see this understated performance and relive a little of their childhood."
* * * * * - Blythe Lewis, TSN
"a kind of aural time travel, something nostalgic and fundamental to the human condition. Shared stories are the foundation stone of cultures, and Brice’s Storytelling harks to the traditional fairy tale end of the spectrum ... Brice’s delivery is mellifluously measured and warm. He knows how to make you lean in a little closer, and has mastered the emphatic pause, pint in hand or not – a raconteur of old. He sits, bard-like, centrestage, occasionally springing up and walking around to illustrate a particular character, or to vary the pace and keep the audience from drifting."
Storyteller: LONDON (VAULT Festival 2018) - Olivia Coxhead, Theatre Bubble