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Thursday November 15th 7:30pm – The Big Blind

Venue: The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1TH

Tickets: £12/£10

Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways: AVAILABLE NOW!

Online: VIC Ticketbox

In Person: Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808

The ever popular combination of Dominic, Bridget and Leif return to Lancaster with their latest production, join us for a night of stunning storytelling and music….

A boy stands on a lakeshore. Behind him: all he’s ever known. Ahead: a chance for love but a higher chance of death. He’s had a happy life, and a sheltered one. But his father gambled away that life, the debt cannot be paid in money and it won’t be his father who pays. Childhood is over…

Dominic, Bridget & Leif combine storytelling and music in a playful and gripping performance. They bring to life an ancient full-bloodied fairy tale for modern audiences, weaving versions from Norway, Scotland, Ireland and India with contemporary Scandinavian folk music. Through it they explore the consequences for the young when older generations fail to make adult decisions.

“…magical, haunting… a truly inspired performance… makes you sparkle from the inside out…” oneandother.com on The Devil’s Purse.

“…a bewitching fusion of storytelling and music that takes theatre right back to its origins… Bridget Marsden and Leif Ottosson beautifully fuse enchanting Nordic music with Dominic Kelly’s prose… complementing and accenting the narrative seamlessly.” ayoungertheatre.com on The Devil’s Purse

Dominic Kelly – Storyteller

Bridget Marsden – Violin 

Leif Ottosson – Accordion

Dominic Kelly is a performance storyteller with an international reputation for dynamic, powerful and entertaining work. Venues include The Barbican, National Theatre, Soho Theatre, Teater Pero, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, The British Museum and festivals around the world from India to the Arctic Circle.  He directs storytelling performances for Rikscenen, Norway’s national folk arts centre and teaches storytelling at Stockholm’s Royal College of Music. He has directed storytelling programmes for festivals including Litfest, Larmer Tree Festival and Solfest. He is an associate member of Fabula Storytelling company in Stockholm. Dominic has also helped thousands of young people find their voice as storytellers, and has trained hundreds of theatre and education professionals in using storytelling in their work. He is based in the Lake District, UK and Stockholm, Sweden.

Bridget Marsden (violin) and Leif Ottosson (accordion) are two rising young stars of the Swedish folk scene.  Together they form a duo with an almost telepathic musical interplay and a unique sense of the figurative and narrative qualities of Nordic folk music. The duo was formed in 2009, after meeting at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. What began as a common interest in really tight traditional Scandinavian tune playing soon landed in an exploration of spacious improvisation and filmic soundscapes. Their debut album ‘Mountain Meeting’, which presents both original and traditional material, was released in 2015 on the Swedish independent label Playing With Music.

Natalie Charlesworth • October 10, 2018


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