My Fern Flower
  • By Elaine C
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  • 10th Feb 2020
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  • ★★★★

According to an ancient myth, the fern flower blooms for a very short time on the eve of the summer solstice, and those who are fortunate enough to find it are granted earthly fortunes never before given to anyone else.

This tragic and moving story has been brilliantly bought to life on stage by this extremely talented pair of performers.

The storyteller for the performance is Jonah York, who tells the family story starting from when his mother goes into hospital to have a baby and only his brother comes home with them. Their father sinks into a depression after she dies, however he loves to tell the boys stories and explains that when he finally finds the fern flower he will bring their mother home.

From family tragedy to tragedy that encompasses the author's note in the programme that through "... an amalgamation of myths that uncover a truth, a revelation, a quest" the story entwines the family reality and fantasy into a tale so tight that you are not sure what can be real. Driven by distraction their father leaves the family home and goes in pursuit of the fern flower.

When their father just disappears, social services are called and in order to stop them from going into care a family member steps in to look after them. With the arrival of their toxic aunt, will their lives ever be the same again?

York brings the family's story to life through his passionate and energetic performance. Musician Adam Michalakis accompanies York throughout with a variety of music and sounds effects. York highlights the enormity of pressure put onto his character by running on the spot and talking faster. Those feelings of becoming overwhelmed demonstrate that feeling of needing to escape your own thoughts perfectly.

This tragic and moving story has been brilliantly bought to life on stage by this extremely talented pair of performers. Their chemistry on stage allowed the piece to flow smoothly bringing grief to life through an unusual direction.

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Performances

Location

The Blurb

Part of Six Plays One Day at the Tristan Bates Theatre

Produced by Threedumb Theatre 

Sponsored by the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

Following the success of last year’s premier event, Threedumb Theatre is proud to return to the Tristan Bates Theatre for another whole day of one-act plays, showcasing a wide variety of new writing.

8th February 2020

https://broadwaybaby.com/shows... Fern Flower by Jonah York is an epic journey through soundscapes, physical theatre and storytelling. Come experience one man's quest to save those he loves the most.

Two Brothers. A collection of tales. One final journey.

My Fern Flower follows the journey of Jonah and Jim, two brother’s crossing through the thresholds of story and reality to help one another.

It’s a show about letting go, about hope, about bring stories from around the world together. It’s a story that brings out the imagination and magic in the act of storytelling.

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