A tale of hate, revenge, forgiveness, reconciliation and understanding
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The tale comes from the Orkney Islands.
For personal reasons I set it on the north tip of one of the smaller Orcadian islands, Westray. Although much of the Orkney coastline is relatively flathere, here there is a high cliff.
One bright and windy day my wife and I walked the footpath which goes close to the edge of the cliff. Looking down, we saw Mr Groat’s lobster boat on which our two sons, then aged 12 and 10, were spending the day helping him haul in his creels.
This memory often comes to mind when I tell of the fisherman seeing the stranger’s son lying with the wound in his side.
This recording was made in preparation for the 2020 National Storytelling Network Virtual Festival.
The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres, or as here in my home studio.
Their intention is just to show the range of my storytelling and give a flavour of a live performance.
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