AN EPIC West African Tale is to be performed at a theatre near Ashbourne this weekend.
The Old Woman, the Buffalo and the Lion of Manding is being featured as part of the Derby Folk Festival at the Guildhall Theatre in Derby on Saturday, October 5 at 2pm.
Presented by Derbyshire-based storytelling company, Adverse Camber, it tells the story of the birth of Mali’s Sundiata Keita, who ruled the great Malian Empire during the Thirteenth Century.
Described as ‘an utterly compelling and passionate piece with a voice and rhythm all of its own’, it has received high acclaim at the Oslo Storytelling Festival, the Babican and Hay on Wye Literature Festival 2012.
Created and performed by Jan Blake, one of Europe’s leading storytellers and the award-winning musicians from Cote d’Ivoire, Kouame Sereba and Raymond Sereba, the show combines traditional African storytelling.
Music is performed on the Dodo Mouth Bow, Djembe Drums, Kalimba Thumb Pianos and Norse Flutes.
The birth of Sundiata Keita, visionary leader of the great Malian Empire, is told across West Africa as a story of kingship and battle and Jan Blake presnts the story of his mother, her grandmother and the circumstances of the legendary leader’s birth.
The tale reaches across the centuries, from its origins in 13th Century Africa to the recent conflicts in Mali when its telling was forbidden.
Jan Blake is internationally renowned for her storytelling and she is the consultant on storytelling at the National Theatre and a regular contributor to BBC radio programmes.
The show is suitable for ages 14 and above and tickets can be purchased from Derby Live box office by calling 01332 255800 or online at www.derbylive.co.uk and cost £12.
There is also a workshop with the cast accompanying the performance tomorrow from 8pm until 10pm.
It will take place at Voices Hall, Voice Box, Forman Street to sing West African songs, some of which are featured in the show.
No experience or music reading is required and workshop tickets are £5.
To book a workshop place call 01629 825108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.