Storytellers-in-Conversation: Mara Menzies

13-02-2020 at 6pm to 8pm

Location: At The Atrium, University of South Wales (CAB 218)

Audience: Public

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Presented by the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling

Co-Sonsored by Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival


MARA MENZIES: Blood and Gold

Award-winning Scottish/Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies has created a powerful storytelling show that uses ancient mythology and contemporary narratives to explore the legacy of colonialism and slavery in modern day Scotland. A dying mother gives her daughter a box containing clues to a priceless treasure. An encounter with the mysterious Shadowman sets in motion a journey, where the girl learns of her rich and complicated past, where she is given a window into the lives of others, and where she begins to understand her own unique place in the world. A journey filled with grief, humour, tragedy, pain, joy, courage and a celebration of the human spirit.

‘Glittering, beautiful, disturbing’ ** (The Scotsman)

Mara Menzies is one the finest performance storytellers on the global stage. Drawing on her rich, dual Kenyan/Scottish cultural heritage she creates worlds that explore contemporary issues through legend, myth and fantasy. Mara has been invited to perform across the world and to create bespoke stories for those who dare to step into the world of fantasy.

After the performance of Blood and Gold, Storytelling Centre staff will facilitate a conversation with Mara Menzies about her work, her sources, and her goals.