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Adverse Camber believes that UK storytelling is drastically under-programmed, in part due to its lack of infrastructure.

Our work enables new audiences and investors to experience outstanding examples of a diverse and dynamic form, raising awareness of the source materials which inspire contemporary artists and their individual approaches to these ‘collectively owned’ materials.

Storytelling is, by nature, a highly responsive and flexible form.

We work with leading, mid-career UK storytellers, who are taking ambitious new steps with their work.   We bring together supportive and challenging creative teams to research and develop new work with artists through intensive investment in artistic practice.  We tour shows to a diverse range of performance contexts, interrogating how these works are experienced by audiences and partners.

We increasingly co-commission new work, bringing audience feedback into the process at key stages, working closely with artists, venues and partners.

Forthcoming Adverse Camber Tours

Fire in the North Sky Epic Tales from Finland (Saatuja Sanoja)
Touring October 2016 and 2017

The Old Woman, the Buffalo and the Lion of Manding
Touring March 2016

Hunting the Giant’s Daughter
Touring Spring 2016 (rural venues)

The Shahnameh: The Epic Book of Kings
Touring throughout 2016 and 2017

We prioritise long-term relationships, both with artists and venue partners who shape the form and evolution of our work.

In 2013, working with Beaford Arts, Carn to Cove and Take Art we developed a three-county wide tour of Hunting the Giant’s Daughter

  • This included site-specific performances, workshops, outdoor events, village hall shows
  • This grew from the previous 18 months touring the show to rural venues in Wales and pilot workshops with a range of communities

The 2013 tour of The Old Woman, the Buffalo and the Lion of Manding included singing workshops with groups and individuals

  • These successfully developed new audiences
  • Workshops created fully empowered audience members, able to participate confidently

In 2011, with mac birmingham, we curated a weekend focused on stories, music and landscape which included previews of work in development and events devised with the public.

Adverse Camber’s work is frequently bilingual.  These works explore cultural and linguistic identity, showcasing the universality of the human imagination as well as the distinctive landscapes and qualities of particular cultures. They offer rich potential for cultural exchange.

To discuss any aspect of our work, contact naomi@adversecamber.org