What brings Happiness

Is it fate, or do we decide ourselves?
This is the sort of existential question folk tales are particularly good at posing. The validity of various answers is doubtless a reason why we still enjoy them thousands of years later.

I first heard a version of this tale over 25 years ago. Since then I have tried out a number of different ways of framing the story, and so my own version has gradually evolved.
An Afghani version, "The Wooden Sword", is in Heather Forest's Wisdom Tales.

The recording was made on 26th April 2016 as part of a benefit performance at Edith-Stein-Schule, Darmstadt in support of refugee projects.


The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres.
Their intention is just to show the range of my storytelling and give a flavour of a live performance.
Permission is granted for use in non-commercial educational contexts.
The videos are © Richard Martin.
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