The Sesame Seed

Storytellers often find that stories find them out. So it was with this tale, which I heard about in a discussion on the Storytell listserv just three days before my annual performance at halbNeun Theater with Vera Spillner.
I found a version in Folktales of Egypt (edited by Hasan M. El-Shamy), and knew I had to include it in the programme.

When I include a new tale in a performance, I always like to tell it in the next few gigs if at all possible. That way, I can see how it develops through the interaction with various audiences.
Three weeks after the halbNeun performance I had the opportunity to record it again at my annual benefit gig for Amnesty International (where the camera found the lighting conditions a lot better).

Watch Vera showing how to play TWO recorders at once - and more.


The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres (filming conditions in halbNeun are particularly difficult).
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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