Wild Tales for Weird Folk

As the audience entered the Bosco Theatre, we were enchanted by a solo guitar player (Tim Carp) on stage. With Spanish, Indian, and many other world influences in the music, it set the scene for Wild Tales for Weird Folk. A collaborative and comedic storytelling experience that — despite the marketing making it appeal to families — evolved into storytelling for adults only. The end result was a show that brought together the worlds of fantasy, clowning, comedy, and more under one big tent roof.

Magical, sexy, funny and unforgettable.

The Embers Collective had teamed up with Stumble Trip theatre to create an experience none of us would ever forget. From the very beginning Rixy (played by the dynamic Sam Rix) embraced things that did go wrong before he came on stage (like ripping the front of his trousers by accident when doing warm up stretches). With style and wit, he made it all part of the comedy introduction. By doing this, it raised the tone for the whole show to something that was cheeky, raucous, and extremely perverted in the best possible way, even when he did the standard trigger warnings, and gave the children who were in the audience a chance to leave before everything began. He then embarked on a vibrant and energetic journey focusing on a very unlikely hero and a rather unusual villain. Rixy kept everyone engaged with his use of magic in his words and skilful way of making sure everyone was included in the story.

This was followed swiftly by Stumble Trip Theatre founders Grace Church and Chloe Young. In complete contrast, they provided a fun twist in the proceedings with physical clowning, sharp mirroring in fast actions, and a touch of risqué humour as they portrayed the story of a woman who was fed up with performing the same actions every day alongside her husband. Until one night, when everything changed for her forever... to find out what happened next, see if you can catch this show on tour. Church and Young had a chemistry which showed trust, respect, and joy in all they did. Their physicality brought something special to all they did as they explored the Pagan roots of their tale, before they then teamed up with Rix for the final story, combining all their talents together.

With all these energies combined, Wild Tales for Weird Folk was an experience that was magical, sexy, funny, and unforgettable. Well worth watching to switch off entirely from the world to forget your troubles for an hour.

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Acclaimed storytelling troupe The Embers Collective have teamed up with Stumble Trip Theatre to tell you some wild tales that’ll have you going out a bit wonkier than when you came in. Expect hilarious stories, songs and clowning in a raucous show, totally unsuitable for children (but bring them anyway). Featuring reluctant heroes, perverted warlords, talking horses, herbaceous kitchen invasions, dodgy shamans, toad licking, hippy sex cults and so much more. All underscored by an evolving, live musical score and packed with bangers that’ll have you up and dancing in your seats. “Master storytellers.” (Timeout on The Embers Collective) “Simply outstanding... in the delivery of multiple skills, classic storytelling and madcap humour.” (Fringe Review on Stumble Trip Theatre) “Extremely entertaining, very daring and utterly funny.” (Fringe Review) “Go and see it. It will be good for your soul.” ★★★★ (London Pub Theatres) The Embers Collective is renowned storytelling and live music ensemble from London. They have created work for The Southbank Centre, VAULT Festival, Wilderness, Shambala, Meadows in the Mountain, Baba Yaga Theatre & Ranelagh Arts Festival & so much more. Stumble Trip was formed at the Lecoq School, Paris by Grace Church & Chloe Young. They specialise in mischievous, highly physical comedy theatre shows that tour nationally & internationally. Their show 'Frills & Spills' enjoyed sell-out runs in London & Brighton in recent years.

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