Barbican’s 18th Performance Storytelling series: The Matter of Britain 2


The medieval term, The Matter of Britain usually refers to the Arthurian myths and legends. In this latest season of Performance Storytelling at the Barbican, the focus is on another matter of Britain: the abundant wealth of stories and folk narrative traditions, spread by migrating communities, which have been feeding the British imagination for generations.

On Wednesday 11 February, Manchester-born with Jamaican descent Jan Blake brings a lively evening of myths and songs from the Caribbean and West Africa, as she is accompanied by musician, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Côte d’Ivoire, Kouame Sereba.

On Thursday 12 February, north London-raised Shonaleigh Cumbers brings humorous and poignant stories from the Jewish Diaspora, while Nick Hennessey, drawing together the song, the note and the spoken word brings old, yet unfamiliar stories from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

On Friday 13 February and to conclude the series, an evening of Gods, foolish kings, peasant folk, shape-shifters and mischievous maidens is brought by Punjabi-native Peter Chand, as he delves into Indian stories via the Black Country, and South Indian storyteller Vayu Naidu as she weaves a magnitude of myths.

Tickets cost £9, concessions £6. Box office 0845 120 7550

Region: All
Start Date: 11/02/2009
End Date: 13/02/2009
Start Time: 19:30
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