Storytelling Festival 2019

People think storytelling is just for kids, forgetting that they listen to stories all the time, or watch them on the telly, or read them in books and newspapers. The story you hear told communicates more directly than all the ones wrapped in costumes and effects and CGI. You supply those, as you listen, from your own imagination, from your own life, from your own dreams. A story introduces you to yourself. You, as the listener, shape it. Romsey's first storytelling festival has a wide range of stories to offer. Firstly, there are the ones offered to particular groups, the ones being told in local care homes, and the ones being told and created in performances and workshops with Speaking Space, and the ones for the children in schools. Then there are the ones available to everybody: stories of Robin Hood, taken straight from the old sources by Wendy and Michael Dacre, tales of the Middle Ages brought by Dave Tonge, the Yarnsmith of Norwich, and, on Mediaeval Saturday, two stories of love and loyalty, or the lack of it, from the edges of the Arthurian World, Gawain and the Green Knight, and Tristan and Iseult. Sarah Rundle brings us a mysterious and violent story originally written in a North-West Midlands dialect of Middle English much remoter from our modern tongue than the smooth verses of Chaucer, while Katy Cawkwell's classic story of fated lovers flits between the Celtic lands of Ireland, Brittany and Cornwall. And there will be other tellings, in the Library, on the train that shuttles between Romsey and Southampton, in care homes and schools, in the Town Hall and newly completed Market Place, whilst in Romsey Abbey ‘Godly Play’ storytelling about the Environment and our impact on it... The full programme will be available nearer the time, but the offerings mentioned above should be enough to whet any listener's appetite.
King John's House will take part in the inaugural Storytelling Festival

Wednesday 2 October

The Jack o Lantern Rick Ford will tell his story of Romsey's Rolls Royce Classic Car Garage 10.30am £3.00

Jack O Lantern


Viking: Creation, Destruction, Magic....and an awful lot of Giants along the way

Stories from the Norse Legends of the Viking Gods from the creation of the world to the destruction of everything told by Jason Buck.  Tickets £5.00Vikings

Thursday 3 October

Robyn Hode - his life and death by Michael and Wendy Dacre

Robyn Hode

Ticket £5.00

Friday 4 October

Tudor Tavern Yard Tales

Dave Tonge - the Yarnsmith of Norwich will tell tall tales and lusty lies in a manner most uncommon for these times.  Ticket includes a Sausage and Cider Supper £7.50 Tudor Tavern Yard Tales

Saturday 5 October Medieval Day

More Medieval Tales of Merriment , Mirth and
Madness from the Yarnsmith of Norwich at 12.00, -3pm Tickets £2.00 Adults, £1.00 ChildrenMedieval Tales of Merriment
5pm - 7pm Gawain and the Green Knight a story of deering-do, wizardry, and inconvenient corsets.  It is an ancient winter's tale that goes back to our Celtic roots, perfect for a dark evening, this story will be told by Sarah Rundle
Tickets £5.00Gawain and the Green Knight

7.45pm-9.30pm Tristan and Iseult is one of the great love stories from the past hear a fresh this story from the lips of Katy Cawkwell
Tickets £5.00Tristan and Iseult Combined tickets of Tristan and Iseult and Gawain and the Green Knight £7.50