The Ancient Technology Centre
Storytelling Program 2013
Please check ticket availability and make a booking in advance via East Dorset Heritage Trust on: 01202 888992.  Tickets can now be purchased by credit card and emailed to you (a surcharge per transaction will occur).
Please note that tickets purchased on the door will be subject to a surcharge of £1 per ticket.  
Please make cheques payable to 'ATC Friends Account' and send with a stamped addressed envelope to EDHT, Allendale House, Hanham Road, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1AS.  
If you book tickets then discover you can no longer come, please let EDHT know so that someone else can buy the tickets!

Come to the Earthouse and enjoy some of the world’s best storytellers keeping this ancient tradition alive. Their magical tales combine with the fire lit splendour of the monumental Earthouse to create a memorable experience.

The ticket price includes a warm drink during the interval – bring a cushion and wrap up warm.

There are toilets and disabled access toilets on site.

Unless otherwise specified, our storytelling performances are suitable for Adults and Children aged 12 and over. Performances start as 7.30pm.

Admission: Adults £10, Children £5.

Seriouskitchen draws on the rich heritage of Scandinavian myths and stories to bring you a show blending Nick Hennessey's spellbinding storytelling with Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer's renowned musicianship and their collective wealth of experience of Nordic traditional folk culture.
“Compelling Storytelling “ The Times“ A Master-class in Storytelling and musicianship.”
Duration: The show is 1 hour, the evening is 2 hours.
Suitability: Suitable for ages 8 and over.
Seriouskitchen are:
Nick Hennessey, who lives among the gentle hills of South Cumbria, is an internationally renowned storyteller and singer. He has performed across the world, in Japan, Canada, the United States and frequently throughout Scandinavia, in particular Finland where he has been researching the epic-singing traditions of Karelia over the last 12 years.
Vicki Swan is the UK's leading expert in the Swedish nyckelharpa* and a second-generation piper. A Royal College of Music postgraduate, she is now bringing the nyckelharpa to a wider audience in the UK with her nyckelharpa UK project. As a fluent Swedish speaker and brought up surrounded by Swedish traditions Vicki is perfectly placed to perform Swedish music. In addition to the nyckelharpa Vicki also plays the little known Swedish bagpipes and willow flute.
Jonny Dyer; a performer, arranger and composer whose outstanding technical ability, coupled with a wide-ranging musical taste has made him a tireless and forceful musical innovator. He has become critically renown for his contemporary interpretations of traditional song. He also plays bouzouki, accordion and kohorn. He is probably the UK’s leading exponent of this ancient Viking instrument.
* What on earth is a Swedish nyckelharpa? The nyckelharpa is a traditional Swedish instrument that has been played, in one form, for more than 600 years. It is a keyed fiddle, slung around the neck and played with a bow. The nyckelharpa is, without doubt, one of the most ethereal of instruments you will ever meet with its fabulous chromatic sympathetic resonating strings creating its unique otherworld sound.
The Whispering Road with Seriouskitchen
Saturday 19th October
Bubbling with vivid imagery and thrilling music, The Whispering Road is a story you’ll never forget. Leaping between song, music and the spoken word seriouskitchen deliver an electrifying performance leading the audience on a fantastical journey to a land where every bird and beast has power and every encounter a deeper purpose.
The Whispering Road is brought to life with accompaniment of traditional Scandinavian music on the Swedish nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle), kohorn (cow horn), accordion, guitar and three-part close harmony singing.
Saturday 23rd November
A lying contest with an edge, literally. The King of Syria is not a man to be trifled with; obsessed with deception he’s determined to learn all the lies in the world. Any person who fails to tell a new lie loses their head. With the piles of severed heads growing, Clare Muireann Murphy enters the fray to do and undo this cruel power play.
Traditional stories from Syria wrapped in a contemporary telling. Devised from Rafik Schami’s, ‘Damascus Nights’. Inspired by current events in Syria.
The King of Lies and Other Tales with Clare Murphy