Giant without a Heart

A Norwegian wonder tale in which the youngest brother manages to kill the giant and win a bride

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For the last year I’ve been telling my version of a Grimms’ tale, The Devil’s Three Golden Hairs. So I was intrigued at a recent storytelling festival to hear separate tellings of this closely related tale from Asbjørnsen and Moe’s Norwegian Folktales. Both performances were in German and by two great storytellers, Nazli Cevik and Susanne Tiggemann.

As a performer I find it very satisfying to include the two stories in a programme, contrasting the comic elements of The Devil’s Three Golden Hairs with the depth of the Norwegian wonder tale.
This recording was made during my 2015 performance at halbNeun Theater in Darmstadt.

More deep tales

The video gallery has become very extensive. So if you would enjoy more tales like this which explore the depths of the human psyche, here are a few suggestions.



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.

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