SUADADE told by John Edgar
About Saudade and me …
“In the middle of an upstairs room a woman lies dead. Her throat is open wide and smiling. But that’s not the beginning of this story. It’s only one of the endings. …
“Saudade: there’s no English word for it … it’s a sort of longing, a mourning for somewhere, sometime, someone that was once everything but can never be again.”
Blending Iberian folklore with a shocking slice of Portuguese history, internationally-acclaimed writer and storyteller John Edgar’s brand new performance tells us three tales of princesses, two of whom do very well indeed, thank you, and a third, the renowned Inès de Castro, the celebrated Dead Queen of Portugal. Using a combination of storytelling and song, dark humour and the goriest of Grande Guignol, John Edgar brings his unique, lively, physical and “wonderfully feral” style to a show in which everyone doesn’t always live happily ever after and where the prince finally gets his princess but at a terrible cost.
About John Edgar
Wolverhampton-based storyteller and writer John Edgar has been telling tales to audiences across the UK and beyond since 1990 and has been a featured teller at Festival at the Edge. He has an extensive repertoire of tales from across the world, most notably his four anthologies of dark tales from Brittany and his bizarre collections of urban myths. He has also put out a number of CDs of his work for both adults and children, and written plays for BBC Radio 4, the professional theatre and young people.
“The best storytelling performance I have ever seen” – Marion Cockin, Wolverhampton Library Service
“Spell binding tales in the hands of a master” – Yarn Festival of Storytelling, Bray, Ireland
“On my way out, I overheard two women discussing their night out. The verdict – ‘mind blowing’. It must have been their first time, but I tend to agree … It’s not just the words that make John funny, it’s the all action performance, as he goes through a series of gestures to match each story. Anybody who hasn’t seen John Edgar has missed a treat.” – Behind The Arras
“There is never a moment when John is performing that the audience isn’t captivated by the theatrical way he weaves his stories.” – Billy Spakemon, RoosterSpake
STORIES OF THE AVOCET KINGDOM told and played by Joe Fraser and Chloe Bezer
When Chloe played Joe her songs, and Joe told tales to Chloe, they found themselves in Avocet Kingdom. Wordsmith Joe Fraser and songwriter Chloe Bezer mix up songs, stories and a cello, to wander through the thorny concepts of Island, Invasion and Individuality.
Chloe Bezer is a writer, musician and performer based in South East London.
“Takes equal parts wit, weirdness and intelligence and whips them up into a dark treat” – METRO
“A grip like iron” – THE SCOTSMAN
“A delicious mix of cabaret, comedy and composition” – THREE WEEKS
Joe’s career started with professional acting, jumped into t.v writing for The Bill, Holby City and others and for the last few years, blended the two in storytelling. He is currently working on his first novel.
PLUS JASON BUCK with episode three of our serial tale THE LITTLE BEGGAR
Jason has been a performer most of his adult life, including gurning, comedy and sword-swallowing, but his passion lies in stories – there’s nothing like getting lost in a story. Jason has written and published three collections of his own stories, won silver at this year’s Annual Lying Festival and recently won ‘Best Bard’ at Profound Decisions’ ‘Theatre of Joy and Sorrow.’ He is also unnecessarily tall and has a memorably large moustache.