Full House for Stories of Dublin

The final night of three storytelling nights in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin was sold out, last night.
There was a waiting list for cancellations to see the ghost strand of Stories of Dublin. Imagine that. A full theatre and a waiting list for storytelling to an adult audience.
Seven storytellers told stories old and new, personal and received.
New storytellers found their wings and flew before a willing audience.
Marvellous.

 

Stories of Dublin

 Photo: The Tales of Dublin:Seven accomplished storytellers have joined together to present three extraordinary nights of storytelling, in ghostly, comedic, and, wondrous tales, in the heart of the city.A different programme will be presented each evening.Hear, in Catching the Sun in a Sieve astonishing stories of Dubliners as they speed downhill in sub-standard cars, wake up late for exam day, swim naked in the Liffey, live the life of a 17-year-old rock star in a Cabra shed, or, arrive in the city for the first time.Wonder in Never Called Me Mother at the wronged wife and her fatal revenge, the defendant whose wig went on fire in Green Street Courthouse while he expired before sentence of death was passed, or how a story was created after a strange encounter.Tremble in Spectre Lovers at the tale of the Lady of the Loo, the Haunting of a Ballplayer, the Blood Field, the dead fiddler at the wedding, or, the woman who knew not which year she was fated to die.22nd – 24th July 2013 @ 8:00pm in the Main Space Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 2Starring: Philip Byrne, Gráinne Clear, Niamh Keogan, Richard Marsh, Brendan Nolan, Seamus O’Loughlin, and Deirdre Sullivan.Seven accomplished storytellers have joined together to present: Stories of Dublin  three extraordinary nights of storytelling, in ghost, comedy, and, wondrous tales, in the heart of the city in the 17th century Smock Alley Theatre.
A different programme will be presented each evening.
Hear, in Catching the Sun in a Sieve astonishing stories of Dubliners as they speed downhill in sub-standard cars; wake up late for exam day; swim in the buff in the Liffey; live the life of a 17-year-old rock star in a Cabra shed; or, arrive in the city for the first time.
Wonder in Never Called Me Mother at the wronged wife and her fatal revenge; the defendant whose wig went on fire in court as he expired before sentence of death was passed; or how a story was created after a strange encounter.
Tremble in Spectre Lovers at the tale of the Lady of the Loo; the Haunting of a Ballplayer; the Blood Field; the dead fiddler at the wedding; or, the woman who knew not which year she was fated to die.
It all happens 22nd – 24th July 2013 @ 8:00pm in the Main Space 1662 Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 2
Starring: Philip Byrne, Gráinne Clear, Niamh Keogan, Richard Marsh, Brendan Nolan, Seamus O’Loughlin, and Deirdre Sullivan.

Fiery head and freezing feet

Last night saw the introduction of the Milk & Cookies blankets in the new venue in the Chocolate Factory on King’s Inn Street.
The building is undergoing renovation and as yet heating is not seen as a priority.
Nonetheless, we were warmed by conviviality.
Though some tellers told in their overcoats, while some listeners wrapped the blankets about them.
For myself, I told the story of the head on fire in an Irish court from Dublin Folk Tales and went home to warm up.
Great night, once more.
All hail.

 

Snake stories in Dublin

When adults shout out answers before the assembled children manage to say anything, you know the storytelling session has caught fire.
All hail the children who brought their parents to my storytelling on the Storybus as part of Dublin’s St Patrick’s Festival.
We chased the snakes out once more, to much noise and hilarity.
Mighty.

One day by the Barrow

All hail listeners and tellers at the Pan Celtic festival in Carlow last week.
It was good to be see and hear people from the Celtic nations wandering about the town.
Some stayed to listen to the tellers from Dublin Yarnspinners on Tour.
I contributed a medley of stories depending on who remained as listener at any time.
Great fun and very funny.

Sailing stories

Congratulations to Sea Speak on a great launch of the new monthly storytelling sessions in Howth.
I told the chainless cycle story with the slow letter writer, the mysterious ship that sailed into a Wexford harbour and the tale of the drowned ghost on the sea shore.
Sessions will continue in Krugers pub, Main Street on the third Thursday of a month

Storymap app is here

A new storytelling  app for Dublin has been launched by Storymap.
The app is a web-based multimedia project that revives Dublin’s tradition of storytelling and tries to capture the personality of Dublin city through its stories and storytellers. 
People will receive an alert if they are nearby a place that has a story associated with it.
It will enable tourists and citizens alike  to explore the city in every direction while being entertained at every turn with a new story about Dublin life.
These stories are filmed being told where they happened and integrated into a live map to create a charming and layered collective vision of Dublin city made by the people of the city.
Storymap includes the telling by Brendan Nolan of the Dollacher story from Dublin Folk Tales.

 

Breaking out

All hail the performers and audience at the Breakaway Project in the Centre for Creative Practices on Pembroke Street on Sunday evening.
There was mulled wine and pies and craic and fun and tea a plenty, thanks Ian.
 I told the story of the three unwise men.
People smiled, laughed and clapped.
Enough.

Tying up loose ends

All hail the young listener at our storytelling at the Axis theatre in Ballymun who enquired of the storyteller if he knew how to tie shoe laces and, if he did, would he tie her undone laces back up, please?
That done, all contributed to the timeless story of Santa becoming stuck in the chimney.
Sláinte