The Crystal Heart

Learning the true meaning of beauty, love, life

Every storyteller knows how some tales grab one, while others leave one cold. Yet those that grab, simply must be told.

I recently came across a brief skeleton of the Vietnamese tale Truong Chi and My Nuong on the Storytell listserv. Some internet research led to various versions and comparing these helped clarify what it was that made the story important to me.

A series of gigs in Nov. 2015 gave me the opportunity to include the tale in each performance, so cohering the telling into my own version. The plot is now rather different to the skeleton I saw elsewhere, but the spirit of the story, I hope, is true to the original.

The recording was made at my 2015 halbNeun Theater performance. It was the final tale in the programme, but the camera was left to run and so also recorded the encore, The Blood-Covered Vampire.

One version of the tale is here.


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.
Professionally recorded CDs and DVDs are available here.

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