An incredible journey, wonderful words, magical music - the ultimate story.
Eloquent, passionate, engrossing.
Dreaming is not just a ‘big story’. Its scope is huge, and what it
teaches us about life and love is incredible. It will engage your
audience totally. They will weep; they will laugh, they will long for
are few in the land with the storytelling and musical skills,
the knowledge of history, legend and folk tale, to create and perform
such a work. Mike O’Connor and Barbara Griggs have created a masterpiece of eloquence and melody. It is fantastic.
of heroes, survived the Trojan War. He fought with men, monsters, gods, and
oceans. Yet what is to be his fate? Gods, prophets, dreams, can they be
trusted? Only the storyteller knows …
Odysseus Dreaming is another stunning performance piece from Mike O’Connor, accompanied by harpist Barbara Griggs.
is a mixture of powerful oral storytelling and achingly beautiful music
and song, the artistic successor to the award-winning Return to
Odysseus Dreaming is the tale of Odysseus, hero of the Iliad and
the Odyssey. An exciting tale that reaches out and touches the heart.
Yet Odysseus always seeks one more adventure …
Odysseus Dreaming is the original tale of tales, a great epic
that is one of the foundation stones of Western literature. Starting
with texts by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, Dante and Tennyson, Mike has
crafted the epic tale and added music in a formula that is modern,
accessible and dynamic and has attracted sell-out audiences at literary
and storytelling festivals.
It's hard to
imagine what could follow the acclaimed Return to Lyonesse, winner of a
British Award for Storytelling Excellence – ‘a storytelling BAFTA’. But
in Odysseus Dreaming Mike and Barbara take us on an even more
wonderful voyage, from Ithaca to Eternity.
Watch our brief promo, hear the opening words ...
Odysseus Dreaming requires minimal staging and can be performed
in the smallest venue. However, the words and music have sufficient
gravity to command a theatre. The performance lasts about 70 minutes
and is well suited to storytelling, literary or folk festivals or
clubs. It can be preceded by additional music and storytelling material
from Mike and Barbara to give a full evening of magic.
Odysseus Dreaming is available from May 2017. It is performed in English and is suitable for older children and adults.
Downloads: OD Press Release OD Flier (front page) OD Flier (back page) Gig List OD Tech Brief Contract
|`Reviews of the last show:
The storytelling event of the year… A tour
de force from one of Britain’s premier tellers, Mike O’Connor and
Barbara Griggs who plays harp. Carl Merry, Tales at the Fold
Hauntingly beautiful, lyrical and mystical Return to Lyonesse is a
must see. Mike O'Connor and Barbara Griggs make a fantastic
interwoven pairing. The harp, voice and song are as intricate as a
Celtic knot and just as compelling. The premiere of this epic at the
Fowey Festival was well attended, deservedly so. The
audience were blown away and not by just Barbara's stunning dress. Congratulations Mike and Barbara. Liz Berg
Return To Lyonesse is a superbly evoked and ground breaking new weaving
of ancient Cornish, Breton and Welsh folk tales researched and devised
by storyteller Mike O’Connor who also sings and plays violin. Linking
and embellishing the narrative sections, Barbara Griggs plays fluid,
achingly beautiful harp. Liz Crow, Folk Life Magazine
captivating evening ... powerful storytelling and hauntingly
beautiful music by Mike O'Connor and Barbara Griggs in their
enthralling show, Return to Lyonesse - the tale of lost Celtic lands. ... go to see them if they're appearing anywhere near you! Mary Dickinson
those who love myth and story this is not to be missed. Beautifully
crafted and delivered by Mike O'Connor and Barbara Griggs, spellbinding
and captivating - Return to Lyonesse. Debbie Merritt
I was transfixed and transported to
mythical lands where magic, desire, loss, love & redemption were
played out in the beauty of story, music and song … an amazing
experience. If you get the chance to go & see Return to Lyonesse
then grab the opportunity – it is one you will never regret. The skills
of the storyteller & harpist were truly marvellous … Unmissable. Susan Cooper
Atmospheric & haunting - the tale lives in the memory. Sheila Cooper
Utterly exhilarating, ... fiery and inspired ... . Barbara Griggs
Fantastic words and vision. Julie Walters
Mike and Barbara receiving their British Award for Storytelling Excellence.
I am listening to it again now, recognising all the links that I half
picked up on yesterday, enjoying it more. Tour de force. Liz Berg