Available Shows | Adverse Camber


Anna-Kaisa Liedes Audiences join in songs Xanthe Gresham-Knight The Shahnameh: The Epic Book of Kings Stacey Blythe & harp

From 2015 to 2018, Adverse Camber tours feature epic stories from a range of cultures, created and performed by leading UK storytellers plus UK and international musicians.

  • Some specific, short touring windows
  • Other shows available for one-off or clusters of dates
  • All tours include high quality print and online marketing
  • Fees inclusive of travel, accommodation & marketing
  • Suitable for adults and older children 12+

1. Fire in the North Sky: Epic Tales from Finland (Saatuja Sanoja)

100 mins (2 x 50 mins plus interval)
Available Oct 2016, Feb 2017 and 2018
Technical Requirements: 7m x 6m (tours with 2 tech crew)

  • Stories in English from the Kalevala, Finland’s national epic
  • Music which takes folk traditions and instruments of Finland as leaping off point – spells, songs, evocative immersive soundscape
  • UK Storyteller/Singer Nick Hennessey
  • 3 virtuoso Finnish folk musicians from Sibelius Academy, Helsinki
  • Anna-Kaisa Liedes (singer)
  • Kristiina Ilmonen (flutes, percussion, vocals)
  • Timo Väänänen (kantele – Finland’s national instrument – and pyngyr, vocals)

See longer clip, including artist interviews and archive recordings of Kalevala runosongs.
Contact naomi@adversecamber.org for more details

2. The Old Woman, the Buffalo and the Lion of Manding 

100 mins (2 x 50 mins plus interval)
Toured March 2016, plus new show in development for 2017+
Technical requirements: 7m x 6m x 3m (tours with 1 tech crew)

Story of the birth of Sundiata Keita, legendary king of Mali in West Africa.  Features traditional West African songs, sung with audience, djembe drums, the extraordinary dodo mouth bow, kalimba, guitars, norse flutes.

  • UK storyteller Jan Blake, winner of Germany’s Thüringe Märchen Preis for services to storytelling
  • 2 virtuoso musicians, born on Cote d’Ivoire, now resident in Norway
  • Kouame Sereba (djembe drums, dodo mouth bow, guitar, vocals) winner of 2009 Folk Musician of the Year atFolkelarm Awards
  • Raymond Sereba (djembe drums, dodo mouth bow, guitar, kalimba, vocals)

See trailer clip including audience vox pops, including audience songs during show.
Contact louisadf56@gmail.com for more details

3. The Shahnameh: The Epic Book of Kings

90 mins (50 + 40 mins plus interval)
Touring throughout 2016 and 2017 in clusters of dates
Technical Requirements 6m x 5m (tours with 1 tech crew)

  • UK Storyteller Xanthe Gresham-Knight
  • Musician Arash Moradi
  • Stories from The Shahnameh, the national epic of Greater Iran
  • The Shahnameh is the world’s longest epic poem written by a single poet, Ferdowsi between 977 and 1010.
  • Features traditional music on tanbur, setar and daf
  • Mix of poetic verse, invention and classic storytelling

Contact naomi@adversecamber.org for more details

4. Hunting the Giant’s Daughter

100 mins (55 + 45 mins plus interval)
Touring Spring 2017 with new show in development
Technical Requirements 6m x 5m (acoustic or amplified)


  • UK Storyteller Michael Harvey, winner major Creative Wales award 2011
  • Musicians Lynne Denman (singer) and Stacey Blythe (composer/musician)
  • One of the oldest stories of King Arthur found in 12th Century Mabinogi manuscripts in Wales
  • Bilingual – storytelling primarily in English, songs in Welsh with simultaneous translation in some sections
  • Linked Story Walks and workshop programme available
  • New Show in development for Autumn 2016 onwards

Contact naomi@adversecamber.org for more details

5. The Kingdom of the Heart 

90 mins (50 + 45 plus interval)
Touring for one-off dates in South West and Central England
Technical Requirements (6m x 5 m x 2.5 m) (acoustic)


  • UK storyteller Katy Cawkwell and UK cellist Sarah Llewellyn-Jones
  • Two European folktales blended together with classical and improvised cello
  • Family version available ‘The Boy and His Horse’, 45 minute single story
  • Workshop version for schools

Contact naomi@adversecamber.org for more details