Touring trio set to bring Welsh tale of Cornish hero to Westcountry audiences
Audiences across the South West get the chance to hear one of the oldest known Arthurian legends at places close to where it unfolds when a highly acclaimed touring company brings Hunting the Giant's Daughter to locations in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.
Adverse Camber's show is based on an adventure-filled quest for true love that comes from a collection of ancient Welsh stories known as The Mabinogion and provides what is believed to be Europe's earliest reference to Arthur and his warrior knights, dating from the 1200s or earlier.
It opens when a cousin of the king is enchanted into falling in love simply on hearing a young woman's name and then enlists the help of Arthur's battle-hardened warriors, and their knowledge of magic, to find and win her by confronting her fearsome giant father in a series of daring feats.
In Adverse Camber's production, the drama, humour and excitement of what happens to the party as they zig-zag across the Westcountry is re-enacted in spoken word, song and new and traditional music by a company of three: award-winning storyteller Michael Harvey, singer Lynne Denman and composer/multi-instrumentalist Stacey Blythe.
Storyteller Michael says: "It is going to be very special to tell this story in the places it depicts – it is certain to add an extra frisson for us and our audiences to know that we're connecting older times and tales with people who occupy the very same landscape right now."
Hunting the Giant's Daughter starts its Westcountry tour in Perranporth on Saturday, September 21, followed by shows in Berrynarbor and Lee Bay, near Ilfracombe, North Devon, and Glastonbury, Kilve and Dunster in Somerset before returning to Cornwall for a final performance in Falmouth on Saturday, October 26.
In addition, extracts of the show will be performed outdoors at Heddon's Mouth, North Devon, on Sunday, September 29 (2.15pm start) and at Dunster Castle, Somerset, on Sunday, October 13 (12 noon and 2.30pm) with a linked Story Walk at Perran Round, St Piran, Cornwall, on Sunday, September 22 (11am start) and a Story Boat Trip along the Fal on Friday, October 25, as part of the Fal River Festival.
For more details visit adversecamber.org.