King’s Three Delicate Wives

An Indian tale showing the problems caused by a man’s notions of the ideal woman

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Attending the 2015 Hans-Christian Andersen festival in Odense, I looked at some of the folk tales which may have inspired Andersen to write the Princess on the Pea.
This Indian tale (part of Twenty-two Goblins, translated from the Sanskrit in 1917) in particular reminded me of how men’s often strange notions of what constitutes desirability can lead to the most absurd and unfortunate consequences.
The recording was made during my 2015 performance at halbNeun Theater in Darmstadt.


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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