A live music and storytelling group performed in Poole Lighthouse last night with their latest show, The Forbidden Door.
Calling themselves ‘A cinema of the mind’, The Devil’s Violin combined violin, guitar and other instruments playing with a presenter who guides the audience through the story with narration.
Their tour comes after a successful show, A Love Like Salt, that played in Sandford Orcas, Dorset three years ago.
“There’s a great directness,” said professional storyteller Dominic Kelly, replacing Daniel Morden – creator of the show – who was ill on the night, “when you’re on stage, you have a relationship with the audience; you’re really talking to them. And the audience and the space affect the story and the way it’s told as the performance progresses.”
While uncommon, Kelly appreciates storytelling as an art form that has been used throughout the ages more than any other. “Although in the modern world it seems unusual,” said Kelly, “we’ve been doing it for thousands of years.”
He described his show as a blend of voice and music that on the one hand, is performed on stage, while on the other it encourages the imagination of the audience to create vivid images of each moment of the narrative.
To understand how the combination works, an audio sample from the show can be found below.
“Each person in the room is having their own personal experience and yet they are all sharing it together” Kelly said. He concluded that that the quality of storytelling is the imagination around the story, coupled with the direct relationship between the performer and the audience, making it a “unique” experience.
The group that made their debut in 2006 received funding from the Arts Council of England and Wales, the PRS foundation and had previously got crowdfunding organised by OpenStoryTellers.
The group have played in theatres, festivals, schools and other venues in the UK including Cornwall and Bath. Kelly has been performing across Europe’s storytelling scene and is an organiser for the Lancaster literature festival.
Members of the audience that watched the show said they were “really glad to see it in the studio”, they “absolutely adored it” and that it was “wonderful storytelling”. You can find more impressions on the video below.
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