A beautiful, multiplatform recording of Off The Twig theatre’s original tale, for ages 10+.
A short film exploring themes of death and grief, ‘The King Who Wanted to Live Forever’ is an original tale told in a traditional style and illustrated with beautiful shadow theatre visuals. Presented by Off The Twig.
You can watch this watch this whimsical tale at the top of this page, or visit our YouTube channel to watch the video there.
The film is taken from the show ‘Mortal Yarns’ which premiered online during Dying Matters Awareness Week in May 2020. The performance combines elements of live and prerecorded storytelling, poetry, visual theatre and discussion in small groups. It was due to tour venues in Norfolk and Suffolk but was adapted to take place on Zoom instead. View the promotional video for ‘Mortal Yarns’ here.
Off the Twig creates performance work which aims to encourage conversations around death, dying and grief. The current situation of the global pandemic has made it more important than ever to have these conversations and to recognise how deeply our relationship with our mortality informs our relationship with life.
Mortal Yarns was made possible by funding from Arts Council England, Rosedale Funeral Home and Norfolk County Council.
Off The Twig
Su Squire is a storyteller, writer, performer and facilitator who creates work that seeks to explore the light and shade of what it is to be human. For several years Su worked as a script writer and director for the community theatre programme at Bridgwater Arts Centre delivering birth in-house and outreach projects. During this time she also developed her own work as a solo theatre artist touring work throughout the South West and at the Edinburgh Fringe. During this time she also performed and directed with children’s theatre company Blue Moon and street theatre company Scratch Productions. As a storyteller Su’s work is diverse, encompassing a number of alter egos. As Tilly the Talespinner she tells stories for children and families at festivals and events then after dark, as Suki SilverTongue, she serves up subversive spins on classic tales at festivals, cabaret nights, live literature events and even weddings and hen parties. Earlier this year her show ‘Bedtime Stories for Grown-ups’ was selected for the National Centre fro Writing’s rural pub touring programme The Inn Crowd. Su has been creating work on death, dying and grief for over ten years and is a facilitator at the Norwich Death Cafe.
Zannie Fraser makes inspiring and visually stimulating shadow theatre productions for children and their families. She began her theatre career studying performance with Philippe Gaulier Monika Pagneux in Paris. She has performed with companies such as Trestle Theatre, Theatre sans Frontieres, Theatre Rites, Indefinite Articles, Little Angel Theatre and Norwich Puppet Theatre. Since 1998, she has created, performed and toured 10 shows and in 2003, was the first British company to perform at the International Shadow Theatre Festival in Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany. She has performed in theatres, village halls, schools and festivals across the UK. She also teaches puppetry and performance in schools, universities and adult education colleges.
Charlotte Arculus is an artist-animateur and maker of visual theatre and immersive environments. As director of Theatre of Adventure (1997-2009), Charlotte produced interactive, improvised, immersive and situated pieces where the audience become part of the performance. She’s the artistic director of Magic Adventure, a company that creates immersive, multi-arts installations and co- creative director of Magic Acorns, a collective of artists focussing on raising the profile of world-class art for the youngest audiences. Charlotte is particularly interested in developing complicité between spaces, objects and people of all ages. This can be in theatre, installation and creative processes. She brings practice and theory of improvisation to the heart of what it means to be present. Charlotte is currently a doctoral student at Manchester Metropolitan University having won a scholarship to investigate the knowledge that resides in and emerges from performance and the temporal arts. She has presented research, immersive installations and workshops nationally and internationally.
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"'Keep up the great work, more people need to talk about death, dying but also the importance of living .... and ensuring they live good and full lives.’"