Animal Tales – A storytelling evening with Hugh Lupton
Every culture has its animal stories: tales of trickery, tales of shape-shifting, tales of how things came to be, tales of adventure and knock-about humour. The way the stories have been shaped tell us a lot about the people who first told them.
Native American, West African, Indian, Haitian, Norwegian and British stories rub shoulders in this entertainment for children (over six) and adults.
Hugh Lupton’s interest in traditional music, in street theatre, in live poetry, and in myth, resulted in him becoming a professional storyteller in 1981.
For twelve years he toured Britain with the ‘Company of Storytellers’. Their work was instrumental in stimulating a nation-wide revival of interest in storytelling.
Since the mid-nineties he has worked as a solo performer and collaborator. In 2006 he and Daniel Morden were awarded the Classical Association Prize for ‘the most significant contribution to the public understanding of the classics’.
His work with musician Chris Wood has resulted in commissions from Radio 3 and the ‘Song of the Year’ at the BBC folk awards.
He tells stories from many cultures, but his particular passion is for the hidden layers of the English landscape and the stories and ballads that give voice to them.
His first novel ‘The Ballad of John Clare’ was published in 2010.