Leeds Storytelling Takeover | Adverse Camber


Leeds Storytelling Takeover

About the Show

Adverse Camber productions in association with Carriageworks Theatre present

Leeds Storytelling Takeover

Part of Leeds Lit Fest

Friday 8 to Sunday 10 March 2019

Stories are everywhere, in fact they’re taking over!

Join us for the very first Leeds Storytelling Takeover – an intoxicating weekend of stories from across the globe, featuring legendary storytellers – Clare Muireann Murphy, Tim Ralphs, Peter Chand, Ursula Holden Gill, Xanthe Gresham Knight as well as leading European artists. PLUS the chance to create and tell your very own.

Launching with a MYTH OFF on Friday, and running through to a family-focused Sunday, the weekend offers an exciting mix of inspiring, dreamy, scary, hilarious, shocking, weird and downright wonderful stories.

With true stories from the front line, a unique take on ‘him downstairs’, tales from Syria and Ireland, epic Persian adventures, flavours from the Punjab with a hip hop twist, plus workshops and a city centre story walk – it’s a weekend you won’t want to miss!

Enjoy sessions for all ages, (some strictly 18+), it’s time to let the stories takeover!

“Those who tell the stories run the world.”
George Monbiot

Friday 8 March 2019

Takeover LogoStorytelling and Social Transformation

12.30pm – 5pm

Can performance storytelling change our worlds? How and why, and could this happen more? Join us for a lively and friendly afternoon of discussion and ideas sharing, including examples of performance projects where storytelling and social impact are happy bedfellows. For storytellers, venues, practitioners, educators, heritage organisations, scientists and anyone already invoved in this kind of work or interested in finding out more!

A story exchange event organised by Adverse Camber and funded by FEST, the Federation for European Storytelling and Arts Council England. Exploring storytelling practices and building new networks across Europe

Tickets £20 (£15 conc) including lunch BOOK NOW




A wild night of competing mythologies with one MC, two teams, heaps of myths, and YOU vote for the winner.

Invented by Clare Murphy, the Myth Off has played in London, Stockholm, Oslo, Budapest and California.  It is a raucous night of three themed rounds of mythologies, where legendary storytellers pit their stories against each other and the audience votes on the winner. Previous themes include Monsters You Wouldn’t Take Home, Born to Lose, and Wayward Warriors.  Come and raise a glass to your modern day myth-tellers, cheer them on, and help them win the golden horn of plenty for their efforts.

Tickets £10 BOOK NOW

Saturday 9 March 2019


Tongue Tied & TwistedTongue Tied & Twisted


Indian Tales with a contemporary Twist

Indulge yourself in a night of Indian tales with a contemporary twist, international storyteller, Pete Chand and music producer, PKCtheFirst blast traditional South Asian stories and sounds right into the 21stcentury. Celebrate the art of live storytelling fused with a unique blend of Urban Hip Hop and classical South Asian sounds.

“No words to express how fantastic it was. All I can say is WOW!!! I couldn’t sleep … Was still thinking of those stories”
Alchemy Festival Southbank Centre London

Recommended for ages 14+

Tickets £12 / £10 BOOK NOW


Peter Chand WorkshopWORKSHOP

10am to 12.30pm

Discover Storytelling – getting started with storytelling with Peter Chand

Learn the basic techniques for sharing a story and bringing it to life in a lively and accessible workshop.  Peter Chand has shared his stories and training around the world, and together in this practical workshop you will explore the use of voice, movement and imagination in storytelling.

Tickets £20 BOOK NOW


Takeover Logo Professional Progression in Performance Storytelling

10am – 12pm

This session offers up to 15 participants the chance to find out more about Adverse Camber’s working methods for artist-led touring projects and to discuss the progression pathways for performance storytellers, including potential barriers  and ways of tackling them.

Tickets £15 BOOK NOW


Ursula Holden GillA City Centre Story Walk with Ursula Holden Gill

1 – 2pm & 3 – 4pm

Join award-winning storyteller Ursula Holden Gill for an eye opening and thoroughly entertaining tour of the city centre’s streets! Exploring the history of the place and its connections to folk and fairy tale, expect Northern grit, amusing fabrication, cold hard facts and a fist full of urban charm…

“Ursula is very different, brilliant and rather fantastic…”
Martin Carthy MBE

Tickets £12 / £10 BOOK NOW


Tim RalphsTim Ralphs – Rebranding Beelzebub

1pm – 2pm

Edinburgh Festival hit Rebranding Beezlebubshines a spotlight on ‘Him Downstairs’ in a performance shaped by razor wit, diabolical horror, absurd confessions and guffaws fit for the unholy host. Darkly humorous with disturbing turns and a distinct whiff of sulphur.

“A five star story”
The Times

**** Fringe Guru

Tickets £12 / £10 BOOK NOW


Clare MurphyClare Muireann Murphy – King of Lies

4.30pm – 5.30pm

A beautiful country is at the mercy of a lie-obsessed king… sound familiar?

Blending reportage and folklore to tell a story that underlines the power of fakery, this performance is a dynamic adaptation of Damascus Nights, by Syrian writer Rafik Schami. A powerful performance with a sting in its tail!

“Murphy’s comfortable charm and wit sparkled around the room, illuminating the darkest corners of her tales.”
Oxford Literary Review

Tickets £12 / £10 BOOK NOW


Erik ValenčičDamir Avdić & Erik Valenčič – I, Anarchist

Directed by Ana Duša
Suitable for 18+

6pm – 7pm

Damir Avdić – Bosnian musician, storyteller and writer joins Slovenian war reporter, film director, author Erik Valenčič to bring a unique performance event to the UK for the first time.

Rhythmic electric guitar loops punctuate as we follow young Erik to the USA in the 90’s, and Damir, enfant terrible of Slovenian journalism to South Sudan at a time of extreme political turmoil.  Hear about the world as it really is, shared with empathy, humour and sharp energy.
Damir Avdić“Damir Avdić machine guns his stories with his giant voice and makes them as sharp as a razor and sincere as the heart.”
Music critic, Igor Bašin

Recommended for ages 18+

Important Notice

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Damir Advic will no longer perform in I, Anarchist and instead, Ana Duša will join Erik Valenčič on stage.

Ana Duša is one of the architects of the I, Anarchist performance, she created the concept for the show and worked with the artists to direct and shape the material.

She started work as a storyteller in storytelling collective 2 Pence of Fantasy Worth at Radio Student (Ljubljana, Slovenija), where she also worked as editor and author of radio programmes, forming storytelling group Three Hail Maries and One Our Father, with renowned musicians from world-music band Katalena. She is co-funder of  Storytelling Variety NGO, which is dedicated to research and development of contemporary storytelling. She runs a weekend storytelling school in Ljubljana. In the past three years, she has worked as storyteller, dramaturg and/or writer of theatre plays and songs for main Slovenian theatres (Slovenian National Theatres Drama and Nova Gorica; Ljubljana City Theatre; Ljubljana Puppet Theatre).

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Sunday 10 March 2019 – FAMILY DAY

ShahnamehThe Shahnameh: the Epic Book of Kings

2pm – 2.45pm

Dive into the majestic myths, stories and music of ancient Persia and join supersized hero Rustam and his faithful horse on their adventures with magical creatures, princesses and kings in this enchanting and interactive family performance.

Brought to life by dazzling performance storyteller, Xanthe Gresham Knight and the sublime rhythms of virtuoso Kurdish Iranian musician, Arash Moradi.

“The performance was a joyful, colourful, musical production – an absolute delight! The children were totally captivated and loved taking part in the story.”
Junior School teacher

Recommended for ages 6+
Tickets £10 BOOK NOW


Clare Murphy

Big Stories of the Little People – Clare Muireann Murphy

12.30 – 1.15pm

Furious and fabulous, the fairies of Ireland are known for the mischief and mayhem.  Come and hear the truth about the Other People.  With stories of weddings and funerals, wild babies, wishes and lost causes, Clare Muireann Murphy will take you on a journey to her homeland through her stories, aimed at humans (big or little).

“Murphy’s comfortable charm and wit sparkled around the room.”
Oxford Literary Review

Recommended for ages 6+
Tickets £10 BOOK NOW




Carriageworks Theatre
The Electric Press
3 Millennium Square
0113 376 0318

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