Storyteller Helen East and percussionist Rick Wilson, major figures in the #storytelling revival, create a dynamic combination of words, rhythm, movement and music.
Narrative threads in and out of song, slipping easily from one style to another; drums and melody instruments underpin the pace and atmosphere. Themes are explored with humour and ingenuity, following thin trails of reason and connection, winding through pathos, hilarity, fatalism, realism, fantasy. Traditional tales – learnt directly from friends all round the world – are told with contemporary relevance and an ear for the needs of a modern audience
and the verdict… ?
“Helen and Rick were at the top of their form – complementing and enriching each other perfectly.
The whole room was transferred to another level, it was one of those perfect moments of storytelling, where the audience is a true part of the story, the quality of listening and the quality of telling each increasing the other.
The whole evening was wonderful – an amazing introduction to storytelling for those that hadn’t been before and a re-affirmation of the power and joy of storytelling for seasoned listeners”.
Amy Douglas – storyteller, singer, writer and promoter of performance at Bishop’s Castle
“The Moon’s Two Wives” is a rich and masterful performance of stories from around the world. Helen East’s extraordinary experience and knowledge of stories and the cultures from which they come is a trusted pair of hands that lead us into our indigenous mind. Rick Wilson’s rhythms punctuate and articulate the images, until they live inside us as clear as our own memories.
Nick Hennessey – storyteller, musician and promoter of performance at Kendal