Summer 2019

In the summer of 2019, we'll be showcasing our new show - IRON-BROW & THORN-COAT - at a few choice locations in the Southwest of England. See below for details and dates - it's a retelling of a Lithuanian folktale, with puppets, masks, music and foolery. It's by far the most audacious and flamboyant show we've attempted and we're utterly delighted to be showing it to you this year!

IRON-BROW & THORN-COAT

 

When the sea-foam is red at the end of the Earth, only then will you see me again – until then you will wander the earth and all that you touch will turn to iron…

A curious hedgehog with high hopes and his iron-browed bride journey to the ends of the Earth. Will they find true love and happiness, or witches and dragon-flames? Beyond a limitless ocean, a woman covered in moss begs for forgiveness, while under a crone’s stone doorstep, two toads endure winter for love’s sake.

IRON-BROW AND THORN-COAT is our retelling of a classic Lithuanian folk-tale. Steeped in old magic and half-familiar memories, this beguiling tale of magical transformation, love, betrayal and endurance brings together storytelling by Tom Hirons, puppetry and masked performance by Helen Aldrich, music by Louis Bingham and Griselda Sanderson and artistic direction from Rima Staines and Sarah Vigars.

Suitable for all story-seekers and particularly aimed at intergenerational audiences from 5 – 105

 

 

Thus far, we have shows booked at the following times and places:

 

Studio 1, Dartington - April 12th/13th - preview shows

Sharpham Summer Open Day - June 30th, 2pm

Buddhafield - storytelling all through the festival (17th-21st July), then Iron-Brow and Thorn-Coat at 3pm and 7pm on Saturday 20th July

The Woodland Presents, Dartington - August 2nd (7pm show, then feasting!) and August 4th (3pm matinee show)

West Town Farm, Ide, near Exeter - August 10th (3pm show and 7pm evening show)

 

Tickets for Hedgespoken shows are available here

 

Read more about this extraordinary collaboration Iron-Brow and Thorn-Coat.

 


2018

As you may know, if you're signed up to News from the Hedge, we're not touring much in 2018. In fact, we're only attending one* festival... We hope to see you somewhere on the road in 2019 - this year, we're concentrating on the artistry side of Hedgespoken - Hedgespoken Press.

*UPDATE! WE'RE ALSO ATTENDING THE FOLLOWING TWO MARVELS:

September 12-16 2018

Green Earth Awakening, the Blackdown Hills, Somerset (just, almost Devon)

Sometimes referred to as the 'Jewel in the Crown' of Buddhafield, Green Earth Awakening (GEA) is a smaller event run by the Buddhafield crew in the Blackdown Hills and it's one of the loveliest events we go to. It's a truly special family camp with an emphasis on engaged Buddhism and activism. We love it.
If you've never been and are in the area, do take a look - we'll be telling stories every day and every evening. In the gathering Autumn air, it's just a sweet delight of a place to tell tales and full of the finest people you could ever hope to meet.

August 24-27 2018

Oxford Storytelling Festival, Waterperry House and Gardens, OX33 1LA

We're honoured and very excited to be appearing at the Oxford Storytelling Festival, where we'll be telling The Battle of the Birds on Saturday afternoon and then The Firebird on Sunday morning. We'll not be taking the truck this time, as it's a 400 mile round trip, but hope to be back in style next year.
This is the first year of this Storytelling Festival and it promises to be a rare treat - if you can possibly get to it, we heartily recommend that you do. The programme is available for perusal here.

July 18-22 2018

Buddhafield Festival, Blackdown Hills, Somerset

Our only current engagement this year. We came here last year and were so warmly welcomed that we are making it our only festival of 2018. If you haven't been, it's just gorgeous. Check it out here.

 


April 29-30 2017

Lowton Farm, Bondleigh, Devon, EX20 2AL

Two days at this beautiful farm in mid-Devon - afternoon and evening shows of The Singing Bone, with Ben and Claerwen of the farm providing a cafe-bar in one of the barns and extra sideshows to add to the fun! Buy tickets here.

May 6 2017

Society for Storytelling Gathering - Plymouth, Devon

We'll be here with our stall and show, but not the truck. See the Society for Storytelling website for more details.

June 3 2017

Hay Festival - Hay-on-Wye, Wales

As well as Hedgespoken performing two shows here, Rima will be performing along with Sylvia Linsteadt as part of the Tatterdemalion tour - see the Hay Festival website for more details.

June 16-18 2017

Unearthed in A Field - St. Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Their website.

July 27-30 2017

Buzzard Fair - Lowton Farm, Bondleigh, Devon

We return to Lowton Farm for this arts and craft and rural culture fair.

Aug 3-6 2017

Green Gathering - Chepstow, Wales

We're delighted to be returning to the Green Gathering. See here for more details.

Aug 10-13 2017

Offgrid Festival - Exeter, Devon

And back to Devon again for this - it was beautiful last year. See here for more.

We'll be adding more dates all summer as things progress - keep checking here or follow us on social media to keep up to date.

Praise for Hedgespoken

“A magical inspiration on wheels”

“Absolutely brilliant performance last evening.....storytelling at its very best!”

“Thank you for bringing a place like this into the world, a place for stories and music and pictures and magic and wonder. It brings joy to my heart knowing you’re here.”

“Absolutely amazing – thank you!”

“Utterly enchanting – I loved every minute.”

“My grandson will remember the magic of this night for the rest of his life.”

“Magic of a real, old, golden kind.”

“Oh! What suspense, what laughs, what horrors! Hedgespoken wove a tale of adventure and wonder tonight and we're full of it, can't stop talking about it.”

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On the shelves of the Hedgespoken Emporium

Books, posters, calendars - from Hedgespoken Press and friends

 

 

 

We also have many prints from Rima Staines on our shelves - do come over and have a browse!