The Butcher's Tears

A tale which points to the inevitability of suffering but also of how we should respond to it.

I was sent the tale by New York storyteller Laura Simms, who in turn had recently heard if from another teller, Loren Niemi. It was a story which immediately spoke to me.
The recording above was made in Decmeber 2012 at my annual Amnesty Internation benefit performance. It was the third time I'd told the tale on stage.
But the previous month, a few days after first meeting the story, was my annual performance in Erlangen where I always perform in the late afternoon and then again in the evening. I took the opportunity to record both tellings - partly out of interest to see how a tale begins to change in the telling as I explore it.

Below the first recording is from the afternoon performance, the one below that from the evening.


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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