Myths retold
The Crick Crack Club presents The Intermediaries: tales of the Orisha

Sunday 10 March 2019,
BP Lecture Theatre
Tickets £10
Members/Concessions £8

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Myths retold is a series of epic storytelling performances for grown-ups of some of the greatest stories ever recorded, presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club.

From Lagos to London to Long Island, the Orisha - deities of the Yoruba - make their presence felt. Despite the forced spread of the Yoruba peoples across the Atlantic, their West African mythology survived, concealed in Voudon and Candomblé.

The entrancing storyteller Jan Blake and musician Crispin Robinson lay bare these magical stories of immortalised human sprits, the origins of the gods and an ancient cosmology, with passion and power.

Journey through Afro-Cuban myth, legend and lore. Expect rich stories, rousing rhythm and sacred song.

About Jan Blake

As one of the world's leading storytellers, Jan Blake has been performing worldwide for more than 25 years. Specialising in stories from Africa, the Caribbean, and Arabia, she has a well-earned reputation for dynamic and generous storytelling. Recent highlights include Hay Festival, where she was storyteller in-residence, the Viljandi Harvest Festival in Estonia and TEDx Warsaw.

As well as performing at all the major storytelling festivals both nationally and internationally, she works regularly with the British Council, leads storytelling workshops for emerging storytellers, and gives masterclasses for teachers, brands, and businesses. She also regularly captivates school children with mesmerising stories.

In 2011, she was the recipient of the biannual Thüringer Märchen Preis, awarded to scholars or performers who have devoted their lives to the service of storytelling. As part of the World Shakespeare Festival in 2012, she was the curator for Shakespeare’s Stories, a landmark exhibition that explored themes of journey and identity, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

In 2013, The Old Woman, The Buffalo, and The Lion of Manding created and performed with musicians Kouame and Raymond Sereba toured to acclaim winning a British Awards for Storytelling Excellence (BASE).

About Crispin Robinson

Crispin Robinson is a musician writing a PhD about sacred Afro-Cuban drum music. He has played with Soul II Soul, Galliano, Roni Size, Brian Eno and many others. Long ago he was sponsored by Madrid Skateboards and Santa Cruz Speed Wheels. The Gonz taught him how to ollie properly and Steve Caballero once told him he was rad.

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The Intermediaries - Photo- Dierk Lange