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The Corpse Who Wouldn't Shut Up

Magic of One Productions, Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/7/2011 9:51 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/15/2011 2:03 PM | Updates

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Red River College (Venue 11), to July 23

In a festival full of blaring music and in-your-face performances, this gentle show by three mature, accomplished storytellers is a calm respite.

Mary Louise Chown, Tom Roche and Kay Stone know that a hushed voice can draw listeners into an engrossing folk or fairy tale. Within a framing quest story about a Tibetan boy who has to transport a storytelling corpse, the three trade off in five tales from various cultures that include magical transformations, a ghost, a prophetic dream and some good old folk wisdom.

Roche is the standout with a spellbinding Scottish fairy tale that transports the listener to the night-time forest.

Musicians Michael Cobus and Kevin Scott contribute lovely atmosphere to the 65-minute production. The storytellers could improve the tales’ endings, in which they briefly act as the boy and the corpse, but do so sheepishly.

— Alison Mayes

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

It's not true that dead men tell no tales. Some of them just won't stop! Can the man carrying the talking corpse remain silent through all the stories? The four-star performers have resurrected themselves again with new shape-shifting stories and death-defying music.

http://www.magicofonestories.com/

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 75 MIN

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 Students, Seniors, Fringe performers

Under 8 not admitted.

Warnings: None

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Updated on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 2:03 PM CDT: Adds review

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