Pathways is a story performance experiment and experience created by storyteller Tamar Eluned Williams. Every month for four months, a new route and performance will be released, to be experienced by audiences however and whenever they choose. After these first four performances, there will be an additional performance walks released, these ones developed in collaboration with other storytellers from around Wales.
Pathways has been designed to interrogate how we experience story as individual listeners, particularly within urban landscapes, and what effect walking and being outdoors has on listening to a story. While the first four performances are crafted around particular routes in Cardiff, listeners who are not based in Cardiff are encouraged to walk the stories along their own routes of choice.
The idea for Pathways was born during lockdown, when live storytelling moved online, and many of us began to walk the same paths every day, just in order to get out of the house. The Pathways performances are offered free of charge. Hopefully, they will encourage creative meditation, reflection on landscape, and a personal immersion in story to uplift and lighten the spirits.
Pathways/Llwybrau was made possible through funding from the Arts Council of Wales’s National Lottery Fund.
The Pathways project team are delighted to announce details of the six emerging storytellers who will be collaborating with Tamar to develop their own storytelling performances across Wales as part of the next phase of the work. These storytellers will be...
SIÂN MIRIAM (Anglesey)
Since graduating from Goldsmiths University in London, Siân returned to her Anglesey roots to follow her passion for bilingual storytelling, folk singing and guiding listeners into a land rich in story. She believes in preserving folk traditions and is one half of bilingual acoustic duo Tagaradr, in which she composes and performs a blend of original and traditional folks songs with elements of local legend. During 2020, Siân adapted her creative work digitally, performing as storyteller and singer in the online series on Welsh history – Gafael Tir. She intertwines original and folk songs into her storytelling. This is an integral part of her performance work as she connects to her homeland of Ynys Môn on a deep level. The ancient wonders of story are right on her doorstep.
Siân also runs story and song workshops for people of all ages. She is co-leader of Cylch Stori / Story Circle, run with the support of Venue Cymru. This is an opportunity for the younger generation to experience the art of storytelling in both English and Welsh and experiment creatively through drama, dance and song media.
Siân won the Esyllt Harker Prize in 2018, a storytelling prize to enable and develop a new voice for women in the world of storytelling. As a result, Siân is preparing a new bilingual storytelling commission Coed Sy’n Siarad / Trees They Talk – which will be performed at Beyond The Border festival in 2021.
CAROL PEARCE (Meifod)
Carol entered the world of storytelling out of curiosity. After a weekend at the International School of Storytelling in East Sussex in 2014, she was hooked and thirsty for more. Further training into the craft led her to start telling stories in the community where she lives in mid Wales. She tells all kinds of stories, in Welsh and English, including folk tales and myths and legends from near and far. In 2016, she was commissioned to research and tell the stories of the 17th century Quakers in mid Wales, through performances and storywalks. This sparked a passion for researching and telling historical stories. Another highlight of her storytelling journey was a collaboration with Danish storyteller, Inger Lodberg, in 2018, to tell Welsh Tales and Norse Myths in her native Pembrokeshire, where Vikings once roamed. Carol loves being in the places where stories unfolded.
CHANDRIKA JOSHI (Cardiff)
Chandrika is a Hindu priestess and storyteller from Cardiff. She is part of the Gujarati oral storytelling tradition and she tells and retells the evocative spiritual tales from India. She accompanies her storytelling with songs and chants in Sanskrit and Gujarati. She is currently working in collaboration with Cath Little on an epic called Okha Haran which has been told by her family for many generations. The story is from Sri Madbhagwad Puran and was written in its current style by the Gujarati poet, Premananda, in the 16th Century. She is part of the Cardiff Storytelling Circle and has recently won a place on the Beyond the Border New Voices Mentoring Programme.
CERI JOHN PHILLIPS (Llandeilo)
Ceri John Phillips is a storyteller, actor and writer living in Llandeilo, Sir Gâr. Having worked in the media for over 15 years, he has decided to follow his true passion - telling stories. With a focus on Welsh Folk Tales, the Mabinogion, tales from the Industrial era and Urban Legends, Ceri hopes he can bring his passion for the ancient oral tradition of Wales to as wide an audience as possible.
Ceri is currently being mentored by Daniel Morden as part of Beyond the Border's New Voices Mentoring Programme.
JO MUNTON (Powys)
Jo Munton has been telling tales for years, but usually she is hiding behind a puppet or two. As a puppeteer she has performed all over the place, from Spain to Siberia, from Ynys Môn to the Isle of Dogs. Having a degree in sculpture means she doesn’t just play with puppets but she makes them too. Giant carnival puppets, traditional string puppets, shadows, rods, and other more static sculptures.
Her company, Vagabondi, have made shows about the story of a droplet of water, the Princess of Wales, and why dogs are the way they are. In her time, Jo has been the trunk and ear operator in a giant elephant, a dancing reindeer in professional pantomime, has created puppets from drums and sticks, and has been artist-in-residence on an archaeological dig at Bryn Celli Ddu.
A few years ago, Jo was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder, Narcolepsy, which has presented its own unique challenges and has sent her on a journey of discovery into the brain and how it works.
She is a determined learner but admits her use of her mamiaith (her mam and family are four generations from the Berriew mountains) is still stumbling and faulting but, luckily enough, she is dyslexic which gives her the ability not to be so scared about getting things wrong. This has helped with many things in life: learning Spanish, learning accordion, or the new steep learning curve of storytelling without puppets!
GETHIN ROBERTS (Llangybi)
Gethin Roberts is a bilingual researcher, theatre director and storyteller, raised in Bristol and Gwynedd. He draws on the mythology, landscape, and history of North Wales in his work, and is interested in the application of traditional storytelling techniques in pedagogical environments.
Words by Tamar Eluned Williams
Music by Morwen Williams
Project artwork by Ben Robins
With marketing support from Suzanne Carter