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Fourth Branch – Wales Arts Review’s Festival Highlight

Wed 6th Jul 2016

Audience, Review, Storytelling, The Fourth Branch, Vox Pops

We’ve just come back from another fantastic weekend at Beyond the Border Wales International Storytelling Festival! As ever the Festival had the perfect mix of styles and themes, with performances that ranged from Greek myths to goddesses and music of India with plenty of fun and extraordinary flavours on the way. There was amazing music, circus performers, telling specifically for children, ‘making’ activities, a fantastic vibe and, as if by magic, the rain (in the main) stayed away!

And for us at Adverse Camber, the icing on the cake was the resounding standing ovation we received for our first ever performance of The Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion in the Big Top tent, perfectly positioned next to the sea. We’ve returned home delighted to read the review of the Festival in Wales Arts Review, naming the performance, “The highlight of the Festival”, you can read their full review of the Festival here.

Michael Harvey, Lynne Denman and Stacey Blythe, the three artists that have created and performed in The Fourth Branch have worked incredibly hard over the last few months alongside the creative team, Paula Crutchlow, Sophia Clist and Naomi Wilds, to produce this “epic telling”. Another star of the performance was the sign language interpreter provided by the Festival, Julie Doyle, a big thanks also goes out to her for her richly imaginative interpretation, which provided another fascinating layer for the whole audience to enjoy.

And now, we can’t wait to work on the next phase of developing the piece to bring it to more and more audiences across the UK, starting with the premiere performance in a theatre space, at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in March 2017!

Here’s the audience reaction – great to see people on their feet!

Huge thanks to Beyond the Border Festival, all the volunteers and staff and artists involved for such a fantastic event. And thanks to the supporters of the Fourth Branch, co-commissioners Felin Uchaf, Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Cardiff University School of Welsh, along with funders Arts Council Wales and Arts Council England.

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