get stuck into South London's most delicious storytelling night


“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”

Thursday 9th November


The Albany theatre, Douglas Way, Deptford

£8  in advance or on the door

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Our Reel & Unravel season continues with a night of sweet song and inspired storytelling

SAUDADE told by John Edgar

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…

Iberian folklore with a shocking slice of Portuguese history. Three tales of princesses, two of whom do very well indeed, thank you, and a third, the celebrated Dead Queen of Portugal. 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.

Wolverhampton-based 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  and written plays for BBC Radio 4, the professional theatre and young people.

Spell binding tales in the hands of a master – Yarn Festival of Storytelling

Mindblowing. Anybody who hasn’t seen John Edgar has missed a treat – Behind The Arras

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 and songwriter Chloe mix up songs, stories and a cello, to wander through the thorny concepts of Island, Invasion and Individuality. Old tales and new songs about wading birds and way more.

Chloe Bezer is a writer, musician and performer based in South East London.  

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Joe Fraser’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.

Takes equal parts wit, weirdness and intelligence and whips them up into a dark treat  – Metro

A grip like ironThe Scotsman

A delicious mix of cabaret, comedy and composition Three Weeks


The penultimate 5 minutes in the death and life of a man who has eaten the wrong fish supper.

Straight from a book fair in Dubai comes storytelling marvel Sarah Rundle, who steps up to our challenge before she whizzes off to tell stories around London, and the rest of the UK, and ends her year at Kew Gardens delving into the stories behind the seed bank.

If you missed the first couple of episodes, then do not fear, you can catch them on Youtube. Episode 1 and Episode 2