CALENDAR

Mar
25
Sat
Fun with Aesop’s Fables Workshop at the Northeast Storytelling Conference @ Plymouth, MA
Mar 25 – Mar 26 all-day

Diane presents her workshop “Fun with Aesop’s Fables” Saturday from 1:30-3:00 pm as part of Northeast Storytelling’s 2017 Sharing the Fire Storytelling Conference. The theme this year is, “Voices Across Borders: Creating Connection” and the conference will be held at the 1620 Hotel in Plymouth, MA. Register today for this stellar storytelling conference!

Diane’s workshop for this year’s Sharing the Fire will be on Saturday, March 25th from 1:30 -3:00 pm. Sign up for the whole day of workshops or come for the whole Conference which runs from Friday, March 24th pre-conference intensives through till Sunday, March 26th. Find out why this is one of the most popular storytelling conferences around! Check out the program booklet of all of the offerings here: http://lanes.org/storytelling-conference/conference-program-booklet/

Fun with Aesop’s Fables a storytelling workshop led by Diane Edgecomb

hare-and-tortoise-loZany Animal Characters, Witty Plots and Human Foibles, Aesop’s Fables are just plain FUN to work with! These tales provide clever commentary on human failings by using timeless themes, characters and situations. Learn how to send-up contemporary situations that abound in greed, lies, excessive pride, excessive speed or an amusing lack of focus by improvising with these classic short tales. We’ll work with rhyme, word-play, exaggerated characters and absurd new situations to open up the fables to contemporary commentary. You’ll leave with a little gem to add to your repertoire while learning engaging techniques for working with “value” able tales.

May
6
Sat
Flora’s Holiday @ Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
May 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Flora’s Holiday*

Only one performance! Saturday, May 6th, 6-8pm

Tickets: $25 members, $30 for non-members

Get your tickets today!

Celebrate flowers and the coming of spring with “Flora’s Holiday,” a unique story and music performance that travels through the gardens and forest paths of Tower Hill Botanic Garden. This event, specially crafted for Tower Hill by master storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain, leads the audience to some of the garden’s most beloved spots including an expansive field of 25,000 daffodils, a forest glade where Pan presides, a sunset balcony with expansive views of Mount Wachusett and an open-air gazebo where the haunting Persian legend of the Nightingale and the Rose will be told. The evening’s performance is drawn from Ancient Greek, Roman, Norse, Persian and Native American legends and songs revealing the mythical origins and meanings of favorite garden plants. Venture into spring with this enchanting evening stroll through Tower Hill’s botanic paradise. The event is designed for adults and an older family audience (twelve and above). Participants walk approximately one mile on trails and, sometimes, uneven terrain. Bring a cushion or light folding chair to sit on if you wish! The performance takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors at Tower Hill’s Stoddard Theater.
Each performance is limited to an audience of 30 ~ buy tickets early.

White Daffodils

Jun
16
Fri
In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey @ Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Jun 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Diane and Margot perform In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey at Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, MA.

Register NOW!

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

Summer SolsticeThis enchanting evening of tree myths from around the world was designed specifically for Boston’s favorite tree sanctuary, the Arnold Arboretum. The Summer  journey starts at the Hunnewell Visitor’s Building and continues along tree-lined paths with story and music accompanying the way. As twilight descends, the audience visits cherry, evergreen, ash and birch groves, celebrating nature with tree legends, songs and music from many lands. Pieces are drawn from the rich cultural traditions of Japan, Wales, England, Australia, Russia and Native America. The evening culminates with the haunting Czech legend The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove told among the birches of Bussey Hill at sunset. This annual event is appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above. Bring a cushion to sit on if you wish. The journey will be approximately two miles on and off trails. The performance takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors and additional Solstice legends will be added.

In The GrovesListen to audio samples of some of the stories on our latest CD In the Groves!

“It was one of the most moving storytelling nights I’ve experienced. It reawakened in me, and perhaps all of us there, a sense of the spirit in things.” – Storyteller, Jay O’Callahan

“I’ve heard this performance twice and can’t recommend it highly enough. It is magical, it is musical, it is beautiful, it is soulful, it is perfection.” Bambi Good, Brookline, MA

Jun
17
Sat
In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey @ Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Jun 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Diane and Margot perform In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey at Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, MA.

Register NOW!

In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey

Summer SolsticeThis enchanting evening of tree myths from around the world was designed specifically for Boston’s favorite tree sanctuary, the Arnold Arboretum. The Summer  journey starts at the Hunnewell Visitor’s Building and continues along tree-lined paths with story and music accompanying the way. As twilight descends, the audience visits cherry, evergreen, ash and birch groves, celebrating nature with tree legends, songs and music from many lands. Pieces are drawn from the rich cultural traditions of Japan, Wales, England, Australia, Russia and Native America. The evening culminates with the haunting Czech legend The Wild Woman of the Birch Grove told among the birches of Bussey Hill at sunset. This annual event is appropriate for adults and for children twelve years and above. Bring a cushion to sit on if you wish. The journey will be approximately two miles on and off trails. The performance takes place rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors and additional Solstice legends will be added.

In The GrovesListen to audio samples of some of the stories on our latest CD In the Groves!

“It was one of the most moving storytelling nights I’ve experienced. It reawakened in me, and perhaps all of us there, a sense of the spirit in things.” – Storyteller, Jay O’Callahan

“I’ve heard this performance twice and can’t recommend it highly enough. It is magical, it is musical, it is beautiful, it is soulful, it is perfection.” Bambi Good, Brookline, MA

Jul
15
Sat
Fatima, the Kurdish Cinderella @ Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, Central Park, NYC
Jul 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Diane in traditional Kurdish clothing from Iraqi-Kurdistan.

Diane will be performing Fatima, the Kurdish Cinderella and other tales from Kurdistan for families with children ages five and older at the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Series in Central Park, NYC (near 72nd street). Diane gathered this story from traditional tellers in the Kurdish region of Turkey

Diane’s dynamic storytelling embraces elements of theatre, movement and song, giving each story its own unique presence and life. Featured on NPR and at the International Storytelling Center, Diane has authored the first book of Kurdish folktales in English: A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Tales gathering them in remote mountains.  “…an entire cast rolled into one!.”

 

For 60 years children and their families have gathered near the Hans Christian Andersen statue to hear his tales. This event is sure to be a special one and it is free and open to the public. This series is hosted by Laura Simms a world-renowned teller of traditional tales.