Strange Fish (2012)
Part of Storm of Stories 2012
"Fantastically expressive singing, dancing & storytelling."
— Audience Member
This new production was presented in Wonderful Beast’s pilot four day celebration of storytelling, Storm of Stories 2012. Wonderful Beast’s core group of performers were joined by the young Russian baritone, Mikael Pavlov and guitarist Jack Ross who, under the direction of Alys Kihl, devised this colourful and entertaining family show based on four stories from around the world.
The tales were about the hypnotic power and unpredictability of the sea, the surprises it throws up and how humans respond. The sea is also a metaphor for the mystery, fears and hidden depths of our own emotions as well as the treasures that can be found in a turbulent place when we least expect them. The themes involve greed (The Golden Fish – Russia), yearning (Woman of the Sea – Scotland), female intelligence (Why The Fish Laughed – India), fury, revenge and reward (The Genie and The Fisherman
Baritone & Russian dancer: Mikhail Pavlov
Dancer: Anusha Subramanyam
Violin, accordion, sarangi: Sylvia Hallett
Guitar, djembe: Jack Ross
Trombone: Miguel Tantos
“I loved it particularly the Indian and Russsian stories.”
“I think it’s absolutely brilliant.”
“It was great. My favourite story was the genie and the fisherman.”