Prince Hat under the Ground, part one

A Swedish fairytale

I met this fairytale while translating The Magic Pisspot: Swedish folk tales by Per Gustavvson (to be published in autumn 2017).
The basic wonder tale is well known: the Greek version tells of Amor and Psyche, and Per notes there are over 3,000 versions throughout the world. But the Swedish tale has some unusual elements which moved me profoundly and, although it is lengthy, I determined to tell it.

This recording is of my first telling. It was made last night (September 2017) in Singapore, at an informal meeting of storytellers generously hosted by Roger Jenkins.
The recording was rather impromptu, using only the camera microphone (so apologies for the technical quality).
This is just the first part of the tale. I hope to record the rest of the tale in performances during the next few weeks to add them to the video gallery.

It was a particular privilege to tell the tale from this bardic throne, which had belonged to Roger's grandfather.
Roger writes of his grandfather: Gwilym T Jones, was a poet and dentist in Brecon, South Wales. He took part in many Eisteddfods - artistic competitions. The tradition was to crown the winner as a Bard and to present him with a Bardic Throne. This one was awarded at the Eisteddfod held in Capel Hendre, a small town in South Wales. Sadly there's no date but I would imagine between 1905 - 1925.


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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