For the time being only, of course!
It is always so interesting to see how all our work in the front room changes and develops in the bare light of performance – or, in fact, the calm and friendly light of our performances at the Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh last weekend: It was great to watch the flute playing bear wander through the tables of the crowd and hear an appreciative laugh for Bob’s frankly macabre joke rather than the guesswork of ’10 second pause for applause here’ which we hope for as we rehearse! It has come out really well, and we got some great feedback. Now I have a job to do to rustle up some more audiences for it!
‘It was fantastic, one of the best shows I’ve seen in here in a long time!’
‘Good to hear stories where the subject of Death, especially a peaceful death after a life well lived is not shied away from. Thank you’
‘Amazing! You are all wonderful, A really polished professional show, the best thing I have seen for ages! Music worked so well to enhance the stories.’
‘Love the variety of stories – folk tales, local history, poetry as well as a sprinkling of music and song. Very entertaining, well performed’
‘I loved it, as a tourist it was great fun, I had a lovely evening, Great stories and great humour’
‘Well done, everything was great. I laughed, I was horrified.. completely taken by every story’
Now work begins on our incredible journeys! Spiders, Bears, Sacks and Fairies, Trains, Boats, Bicycles and Feet. All the fun you can have between the start and the finish! We’re getting to know our ‘process’ now, and those magic moments when a beautiful transition just appears as we play with our stories in rehearsals!
We have two gigs lined up back to back, one in Haddington and one in Edinburgh which is always a pleasure, telling to different audiences so close in time. Off we go on our travels again!
We’ve got dates! 7 gigs in 4 venues – now it’s full steam ahead with natural wonders and mythical elementals, frantically pulling together months of voracious research into stories from Scheherazade, myths of Asgaard, Russia and Armenia combined with permaculture, animal and forest ecology and squeezing all this into one kamishibai and just 35 minutes! We have reserved the next few Saturdays for run-throughs and plotting to grab any child we can bring in off the street for our dress rehearsal at the end of March.
In the meantime Virginia is making her beautiful vivid images for us which will definitely see us through!
While we are all brushing up our Christmas tales and setting out trees and decorations and plum puddings, Bob is preparing for a pudding of a different ilk, and thinking ahead to the 25th of January which is the peak of the Burns celebration – in his other life, of course, Bob is in high demand as a Burns speaker and hosts innumerous suppers in the season!
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang ‘s my arm.
The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o’ need,
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.
His knife see Rustic-labour dight,
An’ cut ye up wi’ ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Telling tales to children in the afternoon, and adults in the evening, with a snug woodburning fire keeping us all toasty warm on a glorious clear day up in Aberlour with the first tang of autumn nipping the air. Thank you so much to our audience for their kind words – and especially to Bob who did all the driving!
Thoroughly enjoyed it all.
Beautifully told stories and music.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening . Nice to have something different . Nice clear voices and good acting . Look forward to more.
A great evening’s evening entertainment with captivating stories and songs . Well done to We Three.
Very enjoyable . Well worth seeing .
Fit a gran nicht!
A good night . Enjoyed three talented people ‘s production !
Fantastic show. Well done ! We look forward to welcoming you back.
Our first touring events on the 12th of September: 4pm for the Scout club, and 7.30 for the grown ups. We’re really pleased with how the show has developed. It has been such a pleasure to work on stories with the actual venue in mind from fairy knolls to whisky stills and even petticoat tails make a brief appearance for Aberlour.
Maria and I must definitely take a back seat to Bob in terms of fluency in The Doric however! Bob’s rendition of his own poems from the compilation Fit Like Yer Majesty has to be heard to be believed!
Maria and I had an amazing afternoon in the sunshine with the lovely Andy Catlin who made us look so special with the new Kamishibai theatre. It seems strange to be posing like celebrities round a small red wooden box in order to make ourselves into better storytellers.
Huge thanks to Andy for such a fun day pretending to be filmstars in the back garden! He’s done a great job. I feel well and truly photo shot!
Check this out!
Harriet’s efforts in her back garden finally paying off!
‘We’ve got the stories, we’ve even got the pictures, but our paper box just wasn’t robust enough to withstand our enthusiastic storytelling treks! I’ve been working on it for 2 months and I think we’re nearly ready to go on the road! Trolly wheels instead of bicycles at the moment, but if this weather keeps up I think the lovely new wooden box will get a practice run in the park with Puss in Boots and The Old Woodcutter next Sunday!
‘In case you’re wondering, the gorgeous red colour is called ‘Emperors Silk’, redolent of dreams of old Japan, exquisite lacquered boxes and rich images of the orient. I’m delighted with how its turned out.’
Harriet and Maria are working on a children’s show about animals around the Kamishibai that Harriet is building
Bob is trying to teach Harriet and Maria essential phrases in the Doric.
We Three are hoping to put together a mini-tour in Maria and Bob’s old stamping grounds in North East Scotland for Autumn 2018
Watch this space!!
A Many Splendoured Thing
Our show on Valentines Day at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh was sold out. Here are some of the lovely things people said:
“That was fantastic. We want more.”
“Wonderful and unique”
“A great range and variety of stories.”
“Wonderful performance. I would definitely come again to see you three.”
“Lovely balance of music poetry and stories.”
“A magical trip through music and words in storyland.”
“A polished gem. A great selection of unusual stories.”
“We felt safe in your hands. We felt loved and comfortable.”
“A magical evening. Enthralled with every tale.”
“You three were just great. Fantastic, dynamic. Loved the music and the fun.”
“A good mix. You three compliment each other”