So we're 4 days away from our next folklore performance and preparations are moving on a pace. The Wyrd Tales shows are always entertaining, for us as performers as well as for the audience. They are, by and large, unscripted and we try and have minimal rehearsals to allow the tales to take on their own organic forms as we tell them. We work from a traditional story and then develop it in our own, unique style.
This kind of show has it's own challenges compared to say; a regular stage show. The Wyrd Tales shows are performed with a small cast, so often (in-fact almost always) the performers have to play several roles, sometime in the same scene! There is no "back stage" area, everything happens in full view of the audience, costume changes, wig swaps, the whole works.
We've always felt that stories should be told and there are so many ways to tell them. These shows have almost a Mummer's Play feel to them, but with the added chaos of never quite knowing what people are going to say or do next! It's all down to the Storyteller to keep the characters in line. Which should be easy, but we're in a pub, in front of a live audience, telling tales the team all know and love.
It's always fun, it's often silly and more often than not it's fairly inappropriate in the best possible way! An adult sense of humour is definitely required!
It's upstairs at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle, opposite the Castle Keep. The bar staff are friendly, the food and beer are top notch and the company will, no doubt, be superb.
See you there!!