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The Magic Porridge Pot & Other Tasty Tales

Splodge that porridge! Slurp that soup! Snap that biscuit!

On today’s menu there is a trio of traditional and tasty tales to tantalize and tease. For starters we have the magic pot which won’t stop producing porridge. The main course is a delicious soup made from the scrummiest stone in the world and for pudding (if you can catch it) we have a walking talking Gingerbread Man, who is just asking to be munched! Oh Crumbs!

These three yummy yarns which you know so well are served with unexpected spices and quirky flavours, along with Widdershins’ trademark ingredients of puppets, pop-up sets and original music. Perfect fare for fussy foodies and discerning diners. Bon Appetit!

An audiobook of the story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 62 minutes 9 seconds.

To buy it in a downloadable format of your choice for £4.50 click here.

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Rumpelstiltskin and the Wheel of Fortune

Poor Polly Buckwheat, the Miller’s daughter, is in a bit of a pickle! If she doesn’t turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning, the greedy King will turn a bit nasty. But should she accept the kind help of an eccentric dwarf who mysteriously appears in her prison cell?

An audiobook of the story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 59 minutes 27 seconds.

To buy it in a downloadable format of your choice for £4.50 click here.

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The Elves and the Shoemaker

Shooooooooooooooes….! Ah, new shoes… Delightful on the feet. Soft, dancing shoes; swarthy pirate shoes; silver buckle and silken soles. No one makes shoes like an elf.

Inspired by the Ladybird book, this is the story of Elvis Schumacker, cobbler and craftsman, who has worked all his life creating the most beautiful footwear. But now he’s hit hard times… Everyone’s buying boring shoes from the evil businessman, Bunyan Soleless. Time is running out for Elvis. With one piece of leather left and Bunyan’s factory growing, can anyone help him?

The music for this production by Theatre of Widdershins is composed in a variety of styles including a sea shanty and a fandango, and features an unusual ensemble of percussion instruments.

An audiobook of the story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 52 minutes 30 seconds.

To buy it on CD for £6 (+£1.20 p&p) click here.

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Arabian Nights

It’s amazing what you can find when you really look hard! Here we have three tales from the queen of all storytellers – the incredible Sheherazade. The first tale she found was hidden in the sands of the desert; the second at the bottom of the ocean, and the third she heard straight from the donkey’s mouth! Genies, camels, flying carpets, and suspicious ne-er-do-wells – welcome to the world of the Arabian Nights!

Theatre of Widdershins takes you on an exciting journey through roasting deserts, sand dunes, scented markets and fish filled seas, using storytelling and wonderfully atmospheric music.

An audiobook of this story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 66 minutes 28 seconds.

To buy it on CD for £6 (+£1.20 p&p) click here.

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The Tree Man

Set between Chapters 15 and 16 of Carlo’s Collodi’s classic novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Tree Man depicts Pinocchio’s seemingly final minutes as he hangs from a tree. As he slowly dies, the wooden marionette spiritually journeys into an inferno of fear, guilt and hope through his encounters with key symbolic characters such as the Maiden with Azure Hair and the ghost of the Talking Cricket. As he falls deeper into darkness he learns the crucial dangers and virtues of the mortality he seeks.

The music for this short film, written and directed by Navin Dev, was composed for orchestra and for the most part follows the rules for twelve-tone composition. I chose this compositional method because I felt it would evoke a mood of unease – of things not being quite “right”.

The film won the jury prize at the Puppets on Film Festival 2011. It was also selected for Festival International des Arts de la Marionette 2012, Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival 2009, Angel Moving Image Festival 2009, Fantastic Planet Film Festival 2009, Filmstock International Film Festival 2009 and Anchorage International Film Festival 2009.

Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom

Tangles? Split Ends? Frizzy? Flyaway? It’s hard enough having a bad hair day but pity poor Rapunzel spending her life in a tower with a wicked witch using her captive’s locks as a step ladder! What sort of damage is that going to do to your hair?

Theatre of Widdershins have taken this Grimm tale right back to its dark roots, teased out the tangles and styled it into a beautifully coiffured hair piece! This enchanting story promises plenty of body, volume and loads of highlights. Make an appointment to listen today – because you’re worth it!!!

The music for this production is composed in a variety of styles including that of a Mariachi band, and makes notable use of harp, guitar, harmonium and prepared piano.

An audiobook of the story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 59 minutes 20 seconds.

To buy it in a downloadable format of your choice for £4.50 click here.

To buy it on CD for £6 (+£1.20 p&p) click here.

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The King’s Got Donkey’s Ears!

A walk in the woods should be for fun, play or a visit to Grandma’s. Not so for Good King Orik. He went in smiling and came out with the great big furry ears of a donkey! Shocked, embarrassed and very upset, the King hides away in his tower, desperately hoping that no-one will find out the secret hidden beneath his hat. But Scruffibus, the King’s wise and faithful dog, cannot bear to see his master upset and realises that something must be done!

Theatre of Widdershins brings you this epic tale of heroes, heroines and hairdressers, lovingly retold with the company’s unique blend of storytelling and original music.

The music is composed for a medium-sized ensemble of musicians, and features a Glass Harmonica.

An audiobook of this story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 45 minutes 50 seconds.

To buy it on CD for £6 (+£1.20 p&p) click here.

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Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tails

Our storyteller’s on the run from those three-headed monsters, trying to bring you the most fantastic tales from the Magic Land of Three. Are you really sure what happened to the Big Bad Wolf and those Three Little Pigs? Why was Goldilocks walking in the woods? And as for the Three Billy Goats Gruff, how did they really deal with that troll?

The music for this production by Theatre of Widdershins features several folk styles, including Roma Gypsy, Argentinian Tango and Celtic, as well as some haphazard instrumental ensembles including Alpen Horns, Balalaikas and burps!

An audiobook of this story, written and narrated by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins and featuring music from the production, is available for purchase with a total running time of 66 minutes 25 seconds.

To buy it on CD for £6 (+£1.20 p&p) click here.

To buy it in a downloadable format of your choice for £4.50 click here.

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