The Cobbler in the Convent

A man who did exactly what he was told – an irreverent and bawdy tale from Greece

All cultures have folk tales which puncture the pretensions of the dominant social institutions. And bawdiness is often the best way to do so.


It was a privilege to tell this for the first time in September 2021 – my first theatre performance after 18 months of Covid restricting all storytelling to the studio.
Unfortunately the lighting of the live recording did not work out so well, but luckily I had recorded it that morning at home.

This is my version of a story I came across in Erotische Volksmärchen (Henri Gougaud, Le Livre des amour, 1996).

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