About the Event

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Based on the book ‘The Faerie Thorn and Other Stories’ by Jane Talbot; Adapted by Shelley Atkinson and Zoë Seaton

The Faerie Thorn will recreate Talbot’s dark, imaginative and bewitching tales, propelling the audience into a world of devilish debts, trysts and trades, broken bargains and unjust trials; of magic, quick-wittedness, hoodwinking and revenge. The stories inhabit an incredibly vivid and dangerous world controlled by a complex fairy mafia including factions like the Memory Takers, the Time Keepers, the Bad Talkers and trolls, which humans tackle at their peril.

Over the past thirty years, Big Telly have carved a reputation as bold, risk-taking theatre makers, and The Faerie Thorn production is a vibrant, contemporary, physical theatre, incorporating masks, movement and illusion. The Faerie Thorn is compelling, dark and funny, dealing with human tensions in a way that is shocking and yet terrifyingly familiar.

Big Telly fans will know that the company often tackles dark or unsettling subjects within their productions, getting the audience to consider serious issues within the relative safety of comedy. It’s a skill they seem to have honed to perfection. Quirky, adventurous and highly imaginative is what they do best.’   Claire Savage, Culture NI

‘There are tales here of gentleness and brutality, of trapped souls and willing, captive hearts; stories so grisly and “feary-grim” they’ll cold-curdle your blood; stories so full of unbridled beneficence they will “warm-hold” and gentle your heart. Highly recommended.’ Bernie McGill, author of The Butterfly Cabinet.

* Contains strong language and strobe lighting.  Suitable for over 14s

Tickets: £12/£10 Con.


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