Blodeuwedd Untold

Theatre (storytelling, dance)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - Baby Grand
  • 15:15
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Jo Blake / Pleasance / Royal & Derngate Northampton
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains strong language
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Unearth the unwritten Blodeuwedd, the Frankenstein of flowers. Captured in the pages of a medieval book, the ancient myth of Blodeuwedd describes a woman made out of flowers who was turned into an owl as punishment for adultery. But who was this woman before being confined to the page? Jo Blake, international contemporary storyteller, irradiates this figure of Celtic myth through word, movement and ritual. The myth is unravelled in this radical reclamation of the untold; intertwined with personal experience and striking observations of the role of myth in our unmythic modern lives. (Blodeuwedd: blod-ae-wuth).

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  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Via a driveway from the main road.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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A Younger Theatre (4/5 stars) 40 days ago

Blake is a phenomenal storyteller. In Blodeuwedd Untold, the myth pours out her in a heady, enchanting manner, all but eclipsing the outside world. Her own personal experiences begin to fuse with that of Blodeuwedd, as we learn of her first encounter with the fable. Blake is commanding, her movements soft against the spell of sentences that link her world with that of the ancients. She is witty too in her delivery, talking of gossip, of slander — in her book, myth is loose.

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The List (3/5 stars) 54 days ago

Traditional tale finding a contemporary resonance...

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 63 days ago

The 14th-century text talks of a king, a magician, a hero, a hunter, a foot maiden, a mother and - crucially, our key subject - the Welsh tale of Blodeuwedd from the Four Branches of the Mabinogi. We absorb Blake's tale of her personal destiny for storytelling and her influential...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 63 days ago

Myths, despite what you may believe, are very much alive and well. While we do not always listen to their intricate messages, they are in actual fact experiencing a resurgence in popular culture. Blodeuwedd Untold, is a prime example of this. The performance is taken from a Welsh tale and...

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ThreeWeeks (3/5 stars) 64 days ago

A feminist hero, sidelined by generations of male storytellers, is reborn in a piece which combines physical theatre and spoken word. Almost ritualistic in nature, the piece attempts to take us back to the very roots of storytelling and myth and creates, in a very Tolkien-esque way, a new mythology...

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Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 64 days ago

Blodeuwedd Untold (Blo-day-uth to you and me) is showing at the Pleasance Courtyard at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It tells the tale of a goddess from a Welsh book of mythology, the Mabinogion, dated around 800 years ago. In addition to that, it reveals a second story intertwined with that of the original tale; the personal journey of the storyteller herself, Jo Blake.

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 69 days ago

This bold, poetic, storytelling performance by Jo Blake is more of a series of questions than a search for truth. A complex and challenging mythopoia using the rich source material of the Welsh masterwork Mabinogion, Blake deliberately never gives one time to relax or settle. The movement and dance integral...

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