Friday, March 15, 2013

york literature festival 2013 part two: telling the fairytale

As part of this year's York Literature Festival, 'Telling the Fairytale' will be taking place on Saturday, March 23, 2013.1:00pm. Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York. Tickets £5 each from York Theatre Royal box office (01904 623568 or book online at

We are delighted to hear more about this special event from Helen M. Sant.

Telling the Fairytale is a collection of storytelling pieces from Helen M Sant and fabulous fairytale themed poetry from Andy Humphrey. Helen based the idea round the Roman myth Cupid and Psyche which has many underlying fairytale themes. It's not fairytale as we know it - but the origins and archetypes of the ugly sisters, cruel maternal figure, beautiful princess and handsome prince - they're all there.

The show was originally performed to an appreciative audience in York's basement of Bar Lane Studios, by candlelight, in September 2011. Then, the literary pair were joined by Jane Oakshott, a storyteller and voice coach from Leeds and her actor son, Will Rastall. This time, it will be talented musician Jack Firminger, who will make sweet music as Helen weaves her fairy tales and Andy performs his magical poetry. And the venue will be the enchanting Medieval church of the Holy Trinity on Goodramgate, York, at 1 in the afternoon.

Helen aims to tell the stories with a contemporary twist, while keeping the old fashioned themes of lost love, magic and mystery - with perhaps a little mayhem thrown in! Andy's poetry perfectly complements the air of otherworldliness with his fairytale foray from the seas to the ancient mysteries of woodland. Suitable for adults and children over ten, this is an experience all ages can relish, so if you thought you were too old for fairytales, think again!

The festival brochure says: An enchanted journey of exquisite words, dark imagery and intoxicating music, as part of the York Literature Festival 2013. Join storyteller Helen M Sant, poet Andy Humphrey and musician Jack Firminger as they explore the strange and magical landscape that lies behind fairytale. From Pied Piper to ancient myth, from selkie and shipwrecked mariner to the mysterious Green Man, Helen, Andy and Jack will reawaken these classic stories for a 21st century adult audience. Follow your dreams – you never know where they might take you!

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