Edinburgh Comedy Nominees 2019
A veritable smorgasbord of comedy nominees (and the winner) for you to tuck into.
A Fairytale for Grown-ups double bill: The Girl with No Hands & The Blacksmith at the Bridge of Bones
Performance storytelling by Sarah Liisa Wilkinson & Ben Haggarty
Power, alchemy, wolves, male initiations, and lost daughters… surrender to a full-blooded double-bill of fairytale for grown-ups – fierce, unflinching and darkly comedic by turn.
Ben Haggarty & Sarah Liisa Wilkinson stray from the path in the company of a young man seeking the wisdom of a master and a young woman fleeing from a father who has forgotten the rules Both are leaving home forever.
Shot through with mythic imagery, limb-loss and wild transformations, this is a place where rules are not broken lightly
Ben Haggarty: Fairytale teller extraordinaire, Ben is one of the UK’s most popular contemporary storytellers, renowned for his passionate, challenging and physical performances. He tours widely, has been a guest artist in over one hundred International Storytelling Festivals in 25 countries and was for 10 years the official storyteller with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Ben is artistic director of the legendary Crick Crack Club and Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin (UDK). His graphic novel series MeZolith is published by Archaia.
Sarah Liisa Wilkinson is a half-English, half-Finnish storyteller, who delights audiences with her always engaging, energetic and playful performance style. She has a particular interest in the folktales and myths of Finland and other northern lands, but loves to tell tales from all around the world. She has trained as a performer with Philippe Gaulier, and as a storyteller with Nell Phoenix and Ben Haggarty. She has told stories to audiences in clubs, pubs, festivals, churches, front rooms and all-night sleepovers. She is a member of The Embers Collective, a storytelling and music group in London.