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.
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 75 MIN
Discount Tickets: $8 Students, Seniors, Fringe performers
Under 8 not admitted.