Thursday, 19 July 2012

Our friend Rima and her wee tour of Scotland

Greetings friends, 

I'm writing to you because you either live in Scotland or have friends there... and I thought you might like to know about some Russian Storytelling...

Tom and I are off to Scotland next week to tell the incomparable Russian Folktale Ivashko Medvedko - Little Ivan, Bear Child in four different places...

Tom Hirons will weave for you the wonders and terrors of this tale, and I'll embellish it with accordion music and artwork, which will also be for sale.

There's a flyer attached, and here are the dates:

          Tickets - £7 - available at the 'Present Time' gift shop, 2/3 High St Moffat or from the theatre
  • Saturday July 28th - Elshieshields Tower, Lochmaben
          Tickets - £5 – call 01387 811 470 This one's a fundraiser for the wonderful Galgael Trust - call 0141 427 3070 or send them an email on mail@galgael.org for more info.
  • Saturday August 4th - Croft on the Isle of Lewis
        If you live on Lewis, contact Sharon Blackie of Two Ravens Press and Earthlines Magazine - info@earthlines.org.uk  - for more info.


Tom's written more about all these shows here.


We'd be super grateful if you could forward this email to anyone in Scotland you think might be interested, as we're setting off north in our little red van, not knowing if any tickets have sold, and it's a long way to go ...

Hope to see you and yours under the northern mists around the fire of our story soon...

Warmest wishes

Rima

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