Land Where No One Ever Dies
An Italian folk tale
Death is one of the last great taboos, at least in western European culture. What once was an everyday part of human experience, has now become sanitised, removed from our normal experience.
This makes it all the more important to tell tales which address something we will all have to face. Consequently I often include tales dealing with what we tend to shy away from.
There are many versions of this tale. Charles Kiernan’s always-excellent blog discusses several of them: The Prince Who Would Seek Immortality.
My telling is close to one I found in Italo Calvino’s Italian Folktales.
Other tales of death I tell are:
- Boy with a Beer Keg
- Butcher’s Tears
- Death and the Gardener
- Death in the Nut
- Rabbit and the Moon
- Why Stones do not Die
The recording was made in 2018 at the Gostner Hoftheater, Nuremberg.
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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For those who are teachers: Telling stories in the classroom: basing language teaching on storytelling