Tudor Tales with Dave Tonge
Wednesday 1st June 14:00 at Norwich - Castle Street
The people of Tudor times laughed at many of the same things we do today; something that can be seen in the tales that they told. Stories shared in tavern yards and on market places long ago and later collected in ‘chapbooks’
; cheap print of the period. Stories about the 'common sort', from women who did not know their place, to coney-catchers - the beguilers of the gullible who plied their trade in the very alehouses where the tales were so often told.
The Yarnsmith of Norwich is every inch a mesmeric character, from the tip of his expressive finger-tips to the tilt of tall hat his stage persona grabs the audience’s attention – and his warmth and immediate rapport with the audience ensures that he retains it from his first words to the very last silence which greets the conclusion to his final tale…. His use of alliteration is masterful and lends at times a hypnotic quality to his storytelling, magically drawing you deeper into the tale – so that while it may appear to be very casual and relaxed it is actually very carefully structured . The mixture of riddles and stories appealed to all ages present and the poignancy of the final story was masterfully presented. A real joy to listen to.
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