Ships in the Night | Mother River, Father River

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Fri 7 June | Doors Open 19.00 | Show Starts 19.30
Cutty Sark, Ground Level: Lower Hold, Michael Edwards Studio Theatre
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Set sail on a ship of stories aboard Cutty Sark storytelling strictly for adults with guests Sally Pomme Clayton and composer, musician Emma Clare as they perform their specially composed piece Mother Danube!

Daughter of a fortune-teller, granddaughter of a woman who returned from the dead, storyteller Olivia Armstrong is a weaver of tales, a mistress of enchantment who has been captivating audiences for over ten years. Everywhere from pubs to palaces, rivers to ruins, she tells wonder tales from around the world, myths and legends of the British Isles, and strange stories from the secret corners of the city.

Olivia will tell the story of the Cutty Sark, Queen of the Seas herself and legends of Old Father Thames.

Mother Danube is a performance in story, song and music, that takes a mythical journey across Europe evoking the River Danube. It celebrates the vibrant histories, cultures, languages and heritage of this vast river. Written and created by Sally Pomme Clayton with music and songs, arranged, composed and played by Emma Clare. This performance was first commissioned by the European Commission Representation in the UK and Thames Festival Trust for Totally Thames 2018.

" Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence." – Longfellow

“Absolutely spectacular … the audiences were hanging on your every word!” Royal Academy of Arts

“…so much joy in being told a story…I was as eager as a child to hear what would happen next.” Southbank Centre Blog on “Girl Fawkes” Friday Tonic