The Ramayana (Dream Festival)

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Friday, 29 April 2022
Cygnet Theatre

Artemis Storytelling presents The Ramayana performed by Emily Hennessey (storyteller) and Sheema Mukherjee (musician). Part of Dream Festival.

Deep in the forest where Rama & Sita live in exile, the universe shimmers with illusion. When Sita is kidnapped by the ten-headed demon king, Rama needs all the help he can get. Who better to have on your side than a shape-shifting monkey?

But there’s only one thing worse than a bloodthirsty demon, and that’s his Big Brother. As Rama lies helpless on the battlefield, it’s time for Sita’s little known story to unfold.

Emily and Sheema conjure up a vivid, wild and beguiling world in this retelling of the much-loved Indian epic. Expect the unexpected.

Dynamic storyteller Emily Hennessey and virtuoso musician Sheema Mukherjee have been fusing live storytelling and music for 7 years, specialising in Indian mythology with music that draws on both Indian classical and contemporary traditions. With a style that is highly accessible and deeply engaging, they have toured a wide range of venues including British Museum, Soho Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Northern Stage, Ancient Technology Centre, festivals such as Beyond the Border and storytelling clubs across the country.

★★★★★ ‘wholly absorbing chain of tales’ Remote Goat
★★★★ ‘extraordinary tales for a transfixed audience’ British Theatre Guide
★★★★ ‘exhilarating, evocative, vital… a wonderful piece of theatre’ Theatre Bubble
★★★★ ‘engrossing, entertaining, and ultimately inspiring exploration of feminine power’ Remote Goat
★★★★ ‘Emily Hennessey is such a mesmerising storyteller. I couldn’t take my eyes off her!’ Everything Theatre
★★★★★ ‘an outstanding performance storyteller’ The Latest

Performance lasts 2 hours including interval.
Age guidance: 12yrs+

Tickets £12 / £10 – pay what you can afford, no proof of concession status required