The Wife's Letter

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I met this tale in Angela Carter's invaluable collection, The Second Virago Book of Fairytales (ISBN 1-85381-616-7). There it is called The Letter Trick and is given as a tale from Surinam.
While leading a workshop in Ethiopia, I was delighted to find a version of the same tale from the Afar region: The Sex Change.

The story was recorded in April 2011 at seitenweise bookshop, Dormagen, Germany, in a performance arranged with the vhs Dormagen.

Unfortunately I did not notice that the camera was placed close to a spotlight which hummed - causing a slight background noise.
The tale can also be downloaded 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.
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