Thursday, 26 November 2009

‘Gawain and the Green Knight’

A Green Knight, not just in green armour and clothes, but green skinned from head to toe, comes to King Arthur's court at the New Year's feast and lays down a challenge.

The challenge is for one of King Arthurs's knights to cut off his head. But the knight who does this must be prepared to accept the same blow from the Green Knight in his turn, in exactly one year's time.

Sir Gawain is the only volunteer to take on the challenge, to defend the honour of the knights of the Round Table. It would seem a strange but simple challenge for how could the Green Knight possibly survive? But the Green Knight is no ordinary being, and this is no ordinary story. It is a mystery quest of great power and beauty for the New Year.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009


The Background

In writing the immensely popular ‘A Christmas Carol’ in 1843 Charles Dickens started a self imposed tradition of writing a new story for Christmas every year. He wrote the Chimes during his stay in Genoa in 1844. The bells of Genoa, chiming all hours of the day and night, broke his concentration. But it was these bells which suddenly gave him inspiration and provided the title.

The Story

It is the story of a poor man’s vision of the future which is transformed into joy by acts of compassion and kindness. Toby Veck, a porter who works his patch from under an ancient church bell tower, has the misfortune of meeting Alderman Cute. In the course of delivering a letter for him, Toby hears about plans to imprison Will Fern, an unemployed farmhand. Chancing to meet Will. Toby gives him shelter. That night, Toby, goes out and climbs up the bell tower...

Inspiration for Public Readings

Dickens made an extraordinary journey to London to read this story to a select group of friends. It was then that he realised the emotional power of his writing and first got the idea of reading his works as public performances.

A New Adaptation for 2009

Keeping the original story and the essential Dickensian humour and pathos, this story brings hope for our essential humanity and ability to solve problems. It is thoroughly entertaining, with a happy ending for good measure at this time of year. Running time 90 minutes. Suitable for all ages from 9+

Photo© Paul Neucam 2008

Robert MacCall is a lively and entertaining professional storyteller. Originally from Salisbury, he lives in Hamburg. He trained at The School of Storytelling - Emerson College and has been performing in the UK and abroad for the last 10 years - much appreciated by audiences.

‘A delight’
‘Totally absorbing’
‘Held us all spellbound’

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

'The Odstock Curse'

The true Story of a deadly curse.

Locking this church door brought death! Terrifying events haunted the village of Odstock near Salisbury for almost 200 years.

A true story of heroism, injustice, intolerance, retribution and reconciliation (more or less in that order) from my home town. Several people met violent and unnecessary deaths, before the trauma was finally laid to rest in the 1990’s. This is the story of what lies behind a seemingly quiet, sleepy, picture postcard, village. Based on my own research and contemporary accounts.

Joshua Scamp's Grave: 'May his brave deed be remembered to his credit here and hereafter'

The river Ebble: where the key was hidden

Monday, 21 September 2009

'The Wit and Wisdom of Nasrudin'
At Rover Rep, The Irish Rover

An evening of comedy. The wonderful stories of the Hodja Nasrudin are both funny and thought provoking. The irrepressible wisdom and foolery of the immortal Nasrudin will give you an evening to remember and you will learn about his famous ass and why he almost always sat on it facing backwards when he sat at all. And in case you were thinking an ass was not an ass here is a picture to help you - so that you will also understand why he loved his ass and why I didn't immediately use the word donkey.