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Ventnor Fringe 2024 — Middle Age Crisis [SOLD OUT]

If you were hoping to catch ‘Tis Tales teller Holly’s show Middle Age Crisis at the Ventnor Arts Center next week as part of Ventnor Fringe, this show has now sold out 🙂

Holly is also performing in two other shows next week — as part of the Island Storytellers gang show The Seven Ages on Wednesday, 24th July, 7—9.30, at Ventnor Library, and with ‘Tis Tales for Elemental Tales on the second Saturday of Ventnor Fringe, Saturday, July 27th, 2024, 11am—noon, Ingrams Yard.

Tickets for those shows still available via links on .

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VFringe 2024 — A Storytelling Festival Within a Fringe

Building on our funded Somewhen Storytelling project last year, we’re please to announce a whole host of storytelling related events at this year’s Ventnor Fringe, with shows from a wide range of Island-based storytellers and a welcome return to the Island from Sarah Liisa Wilkinson.

Ticket links for all shows available here:

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Seasonal Stories, 16-17th December, 2023

For your delight and delectation, the Island Storytellers will be present two storytelling showcases on the theme of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” in Ventnor on Saturday, December 16th, 2023:

  • Ventnor Exchange, 11.30-12.30
  • St Catherine’s Hub (in St Catherine’s Church opposite Ventnor Exchange), 1.30-2.30

The Island Storytellers monthly storyround is also in Ventnor this month, Thursday, December 14th, 7-9pm, Ventnor Library. This is an informal, round table telling event, all welcome, tellers, old and new, and listeners alike.

‘Tis Tales are also bringing seasonal Winter tales to Boojum & Snark’s Stoutmas Festival at Boojum & Snark, Sandown, on Sunday, December 17th, 2023. Free entry…

It would be great to see you there… 🙂

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“Twelve Days of Christmas” Tales at Ventnor, 2023

As part of the Somewhen Storytelling initiative, the Island Storytellers have been hard at work crafting characters for a window spotting competition in Ventnor based on the Twelve Days of Christmas cumulative song.

The competition runs across participating shop fronts in Ventnor from Saturday to Saturday, the 9th to the 16th of December.

The Island Storytellers will also be performing two shows, telling tales inspired by the gifts referred to in the song, on Saturday, December 16th prior to the Ventor Illuminated Carnival. The first show will be at Ventnor Exchange at 11.30am and the second in St Catherine’s Church Meeting Room at 1.30pm. There will be tales about swans, golden rings, drummers, hens and more. Entry is by donation on the door, of food, or cash, or Christmas supplies, to Ventnor Community Foodbank.

We’re also hoping to bring some pop up storytelling to some of the shops involved in the window spotting competition. We won’t say where, or when but it will be, somewhen that day, somewhere, so if you’re shopping in Ventnor that day, be prepared to be regaled with a tale or two.

The window spotting competition is just one of many things being co-ordinated by Ventnor Carnival Association that are taking place in Ventnor on 16th December; there’ll also be a craft fair, music, Santa’s grotto, and the lantern parade, with the day’s events culminating in a carol concert in Ventnor Park.

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Island Storytellers at Ventnor Fringe, 2023: “Green”

A new gang show from the Island Storytellers will be presented at Ventnor Library on Wednesday, July 26th, 2023, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Tickets: £6, Under 25 £3, Culture / Unlimited Pass 2for1 (pass holders only) available here.

GREEN is life itself. From the smallest flower to the oldest oak; flashing eyes of love to the dark plots of jealous envy; ‘The force through the green fuse drives the flower…’. And don’t forget lizards, parrots and dragons with their GREEN Scales and Tails. Come to hear GREEN stories of every description as told by the Island Storytellers.

The simple art of storytelling has been with us forever, enjoyed by young and old alike, in all parts of the world. Come join us to hear a mix of tales linked together by the colour green, and brought to you by The Island Storytellers, a group of people who meet monthly, keen to keep alive the age old art of oral storytelling and share the pleasure of listening and telling.
This evening of tales will be great for adults and older children. A cosy atmosphere with (green!) refreshments in the break.

Storytelling as living oral culture. Tales for all ages, spoken not read. Because stories aren’t (just) for children.