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British Museum
Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
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Cost £8 / £6 concessions
Myths retold is a series of performances of some of the greatest stories in the world, presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club. Enter a flickering cave of wonder for a wild exploration of epic and myth.

Hunters, kings and women of power become entangled in prophecy, mythology, shame, pride and insult in one of the most exciting birth-of-a-hero tales in the world – The Birth of Sundiata Keita, legendary founder of the great Malian Empire of West Africa.

Internationally acclaimed storyteller Jan Blake and long-term collaborator drummer John Predare bring an epic performance to the British Museum. This inspiring tale reaches across the centuries, from its origins in medieval Africa to the conflicts in our own time when its telling is forbidden. Expect an exhilarating collision of wild song and heroic story.

Powerful and bold, Jan Blake is the Queen of Afro-Caribbean Storytelling. An outstanding storyteller, she performs in theatres and festivals the length and breadth of Europe. Jan was born in Manchester to Jamaican parents. Inspired by recordings of 'Miss Lou' (Louise Bennett) she came to telling stories in 1986, and rapidly gained an international reputation for witty and exhilarating performances. Specialising in folktales from West Africa, North Africa, the Arab world and the Caribbean, her repertoire is full of tales of powerful women and her versions of Ananse’s exploits are definitive. In 2004 Jan took the American National Storytelling Festival at Jonesborough, Tennessee by storm and in 2011 she was awarded the Thüringe Märchen Preis for devoting her life to this art form.

‘One of the world’s greatest storytellers.’
André Naffis-Sahely
Official Review by Rebecca Wall, read now
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