Pentameters Theatre proudly presents The Dark before the Dawn

‘Just when you thought it was safe... !’

Tales of darkness and light, of ice and fire, tales to tickle your funny bone, send shivers up your spine, and then warm your heart up all over again. A boy is born from a red-hot rock, a Giant guards a flame, a young woman battles the forces of the night, echoes of Scythian hooves thunder across the Steppe.

Prepare for an evening of unexpected twists and hanging on to the very end in the company of masterful storytellers Dawn Ellis and Sarah-Liisa Wilkinson, with musicians Tom Morley and Beatrice Leadbetter.

Live Storytelling has been having a noticeable renaissance. We’re talking non-digital, immediate, face to face, adult and edgy - the oral tradition that’s been around for 5000 years. It’s become a ‘thing’, from Spoken Word events to poetry performances and traditional storytelling.

National Storytelling Week has been going for 18 years, drawing people in to experience the power, richness and sheer entertainment value of the ancient tradition of live Storytelling. This year it runs from 27th January to 3rd February. Stories of all flavours will be holding us spellbound in clubs, theatres, museums, schools and hospitals.

Pentameters Theatre in Hampstead has proudly withstood being devoured by developers and is offering an evening of strange and wonderful Stories as part of its 50th celebrations.

“A poet's language, voice of a great stage actress, gestures of a mime, images sharp and clear, unforgettable as in a haiku: a dream world with a transgressive ending that went to the heart of each person in a packed house - Tom's rhythms setting up a trance-like mood from the start.”

Listing Details:
The Dark before the Dawn devised by Dawn Ellis and the Company
Date: 3rd February at 8pm
Location: Pentameters Theatre, 28 Heath Street, Entrance Oriel Place, Hampstead, London NW3 6TE
Tickets: £8 I Concessions £5
Running Time: 85 minutes with no interval

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About Instant Teamwork

Tom Morley, of Scritti Politti and Instant Teamwork fame, invented Black Tie White Lie. One could say it was customer led, with Tom being the main customer. Unable to stay up ALL night partying any more, but missing those irreverent sunrise searches for decent coffee, he invited a bunch of his most intelligent and adventurous pals to join him for some morning exercise. Not so much health and fitness but more filth and hipness.

Back in 20011 those friends were older folk who still yearned for their rock’n’roll days (especially parents) but in 2017, through connecting with drum sessions at Morning Gloryville, some of their morning ravers are jumping on board. These millennials are used to getting up to rave at 5:30am so for them the 10am start time is a luxury, as one said at the last event, “It’s so great to have a lie-in and STILL be able to party!”.