John Edgar’s show is a collection of dark, eccentric and often bleakly funny stories of Breton life, and death, after sunset, in a land where daytime is for the living but night is the
All these characters and more are vividly drawn in this faithful adaptation of some of the darkest tales ever to cross the channel. The stories come from a range of sources, most notably the work of Anatole Le Braz, a Breton academic and writer who collected many stories and "first hand accounts" from across north Brittany for his most famous work "La Légende de la Mort".
The following year John added Breton Christmas Spirits.
John’s third anthology of Breton tales and stories was 2006’s cheerily-titled Curses, Corpses and Conjurations.
In 19th Century Brittany
life could be dramatic enough, but what happened next was
far more exciting. And even if someone were still alive
there was always a curse to speed up the journey to the
great beyond. But once you’d killed them, what if they
wouldn’t lie down? What if they didn’t want to keep still?
In this collection of dark, eccentric and bleakly comic stories and folklore, we learn about the voueueses, those with the knowledge and power to curse, we meet the dead who won’t lie down (like the skull that wants its bonnet back), and we encounter the exorcists whose job is to try and make sure that the departed stay where they belong. And, of course, there are John’s usual hints and tips for keeping on the right side of death. From the hidden statues that could give justice where it was due, through ghostly revenants unable to rest until things were put in order, to the brave priests and unwilling volunteers who dragged reluctant spirits of the dead to the very gates of the Other World, this is a bleak and eccentric celebration of a time when two worlds met on a daily – or, more often, nightly – basis.
John’s fourth Breton collection, Intersigns - Tales From a Breton Fireside, premiered in 2007.
In 2010, John presented his latest anthology, Tales From The Ankou’s Wagon.
see, few hear, fewer live to tell the tale
Sooner or later, usually
later, everyone ends up taking a ride on the back of the
Ankou's creaking old cart. Brittany's own Grim Reaper never
sleeps, never stops working and sees everything. Each
passenger has their story to tell, but only the Ankou gets
to hear the last part.
In his latest feast of Breton folklore, writer, storyteller and performer John Edgar brings us another collection of dark, eccentric and often bleakly funny stories of Breton life, and death, in a land where the daytime is for the living but night is the exclusive province of the dead, where life and death walk hand in hand, and sometimes cross over at the most inconvenient and terrifying moment.
“When I first saw John he took my breath away. He was performing one of his Breton Tales and it was like the pupil and the master ... There is never a moment when John is performing that the audience isn’t captivated by the theatrical way he weaves his stories.”
Billy Spakemon - RoosterSpake
All five Breton Tales performances are available for bookings and require nothing more than a space for John to tell his tale. Contact John for further information.
Visit the Breton Tales After Dark website for more information.
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