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    • Announcing the debut performance of Project Great Grandmother which you can find on @alisongaldr with the performance at Brighton Fringe Festival in May 2018 of ‘Creation Song Norse Mythology Storytelling Show’ at Junk yard Dogs 142 Edward St, Brighton , BN2 0JG. Tickets can be bought from Brighton Fringe Office on http://www.brightonfringe.org/ telephone 01273 91 7272 or on the door at the venue £7 or £6 concessions.
      This performance was written and created by Alison Williams-Bailey founder and director of Root and Branch Theatre.

      I was inspired to create a new show after the Dragon tales tour in 2010 after which we performed at Bocketts farm park many new interactive shows were made based on Surrey folk lore legends including Norse myths ‘Pumpkin time’ as it was a Halloween Event and we were given the spec of Witches and Wizards. This featured ‘The White Witch of Waverley’ and ‘Thor and the Devil’s Jumps’ both Surrey legends.

      It seemed after this experience that the Norse mythology and in particular the Creation story as featured in the Seeress Prophecy also known as ‘Voluspa’ in the Poetic Edda was am important story to tell to open the door and uncover the relationship between the myths of our pre-christian ancestors which evolved into the legends and lore of the land. This is the idea behind ‘Project Great Grandmother’ which is a performance, storytelling, creative writing, and music research into the traditions of our pre-christian ancestors through mythology, legend, and lore which is often called “folklore”, “fairylore” “giantlore”.

      This project has been evolving from the research conducted into new writing for Root and Branch from Summer 2010. The ‘Creation Song’ Norse myths show was written over a few years for a scratch night in London 2013, then for the ‘Kith of Yggdrasil’ Althing in 2013, from these early explorations I developed the script for the Summer Solstice Festival Mother Earth Foundation 2017.

      This performance will hopefully be a regeneration for Root and Branch Theatre developing the creative and artistic understanding of the relationship between the myths, legends, lore of the land. I have been fortunate to be awarded a Bursary from Brighton Fringe festival Encore Bursary. I am looking forward to being part of the biggest Arts Festival in England. I will be performing exerts from the show at Fringe City on 5th May at Pavilion gardens family picnic area and also at New Road and out and about to meet people that day. I’ll update soon with times. These of cause are free events.

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