Slam, stage performance

Sweet Tree fetes storytelling

Mar 18, 2014
Clare Muireann Murphy is a very physically dynamic storyteller, using her body and voice together to enliven her performances.

Sweet Tree Arts invites the community to celebrate the art of storytelling the last weekend in March. The annual Story Slam is set fro Friday evening, March 28, at the arts center in Hope. On Saturday afternoon, March 29, internationally celebrated storyteller Clare Muireann Murphy from Dublin will share traditional tales at the Rockport Opera House

Story Slam in Hope

Murphy will host the annual Story Slam Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sweet Tree Arts, 4 Church St., at Hope Corner (intersection of routes 105 and 235). Local tellers Kali Bird Isis, Stephen Gleasner, Andrew Stewart and Dave Miramant will have five minutes each to share a story around the theme of community. Murphy will follow with an adult cabaret performance.

Tickets are $10 for an evening of great stories, tears and laughter plus drinks provided by 40 Paper. For more information and to register, call 542-8008.

‘Heels of the Hound’ in Rockport

At 3 p.m. Saturday, Murphy will take the stage of the Rockport Opera House. 6 Central St., to retells the traditional tales of Ireland’s past. Her show “On the Heels of the Hound” takes listeners on a dark and ferocious journey where monsters leap with blinding frenzy, one-eyed monsters hunt the shores and shape-shifters blur the line between this world and the otherworld. Attendees will learn how fairies came from the fallen gods, how broken promises can change the fate of a nation and how great battles shaped the very earth itself. “On the Heels of the Hound” is recommended for children age 8 and older.

Dublin-born performer Murphy has lived in four different countries and has performed in more than 20. She currently resides in London. Her repertoire of tales and shows includes myth, legend, folklore, fables, contemporary personal tales and original stories.

Venues Murphy has played include the Globe, Soho, National Theatre and Barbican Theatre in London; New Theatre in Dublin; Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh; and Dramatikkenhus in Oslo. Festivals include the Cheltenham Literature Festival, UK; Electric Picnic Festival, Ireland; Jonesborough Storytelling Festival, Tenn.; Toronto International Storytelling Festival, Canada; and Out of the Box Festival, Singapore.

Advance tickets are $10, $5 for students, available at HAV II in Camden and online at Tickets will be 12/$6 at the door. These events are sponsored by Sweet Tree Arts, Sweetland Center, Bangor Savings Bank, Rankin’s, Maine Media Workshops + College and Penobscot Bay Pilot.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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