Mara: with Dominic Kelly

Mara: with Dominic Kelly

The second storytelling event at the Town and Gown features Swedish forest, uncanny monsters of Scandinavian legend and a playful exploration of dreams and sleep, from an international spoken word performer.

1868, northern Sweden: discharged from the army with malaria, Morten scrapes a living on the edge of the vast forest.
Suddenly he begins to suffer nightmares and mysterious visits as he sleeps. A friend tells him he’s plagued by a Mara – a possessed person who visits another in spirit form. To free himself from the Mara, he must discover their identity. But who is it?
To find out, he begins to closely watch the world around him. But as he becomes aware of his neighbours’ lives and the life of the ancient forest, his own begins to transform…

Entertaining, unsettling and moving, this solo storytelling performance is
a whodunnit
a dive into the dreamscape of Swedish folklore
a love story
a beautiful evocation of Europe’s ancient forests
a playful look at our relationship with sleep
and a rummage into what it really means to be awake.

Get a sneak peak of the show here!

Dominic Kelly’s warm, witty and powerful storytelling style has captivated audiences around the world, from India to the Arctic Circle. His UK venues include the Barbican Pit Theatre, National Theatre, British Museum, and The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Resident in the Lake District, he lived in Sweden for many years, where he is still a member of the Stockholm-based company Fabula Storytelling; and teaches on Linköping University’s International Course in Storytelling.

Tickets £10 from Town and Gown Pub and Theatre, Cambridge.  Come early for a pre-theatre supper.


Telling Tales at the Town and Gown        

Second Sundays at 7.00 for 7.30

A new series of spoken word evenings in the Theatre at the top of the Town and Gown.

Let yourself be transported to new worlds, with stories told eye to eye, heart to heart, by top performers channelling the oral tradition for today.