A story as ubiquitous to generations of Welsh people as Shakespeare is to the classrooms and stages of England, the treasured Welsh legend of the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion is brought to the stage in Dreaming the Night Field: a legend of Wales. The brand new storytelling performance delivered by three of the UK’s leading artists brings the ancient story faithfully up to date for modern audiences.
Settle Stories are proud to present this Adverse Camber production after the production company brought The Shahnameh, which was met by great acclaim by audiences at the Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick in 2016. This production comes at an exciting time for arts & heritage charity Settle Stories as it will be the first performance in their new arts venue, The Joinery in the centre of Settle. The performance will set the tone for the high quality arts events the charity programmes across the year.
Presented during 2017, Wales’ “Year of Legends”, contemporary storytelling company, Adverse Camber brings together storyteller, Michael Harvey and acclaimed folk musician, Stacey Blythe and Lynne Denman. Spending months in the vast, beautiful expanses of Welsh countryside in which the story is set, Adverse Camber and the artists have explored and represented the very essence of a much-loved and influential piece of literature, devising brand new music to punctuate Harvey’s dramatic, good-humoured and captivating spoken performance.
A story of betrayal, revenge, love, honour, magic and transformation that transports audiences to the living landscape of North Wales and its brilliant night sky, Dreaming the Night Field is based on the fourth branch of The Mabinogion, a series of four stories that stand as a central pillar of Welsh culture.
Powerful and poetic, the story was the inspiration behind Alan Garner’s well-loved classic novel, The Owl Service, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Dreaming the Night Field is told in English and the performance is delicately interwoven with the Welsh language.
Wales Arts Review said of a preview performance at Beyond the Border, “the highlight of the festival was an incredible epic telling of the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion… they received a well-deserved standing ovation.”
Throughout their work developing the show with support from a creative team over the past year, Michael, Lynne and Stacey explored connections between these old stories and the lives we are living today, the dangers of ‘magic’, the relationships between people and where they live, the consequences inherent in the actions of powerful people.
Date / Time: Sunday 24th September, Settle Stories @ The Joinery
Tickets £14 or £12 online
Booking via: settlestories.org.uk