STEP INTO A STORYTELLER’S SHOES IN SNEEM
Multi-award winning one-man-show ‘The Man In The Woman’s Shoes’, written and performed by Mikel Murfi and a Storytelling Concert featuring UK, US and Irish tellers are among the highlights of the 6th Sneem International Storytelling & Folklore Festival which takes place 10th-12th November in the village of Sneem on the Ring of Kerry.
‘The Man In The Woman’s Shoes’ follows Pat Farnon as he walks to town and back again. It is a beautifully observed piece, utterly simple and Murfi’s “astonishing acting” has been widely praised since it was first performed in 2012.
Acclaimed US Storyteller Len Cabral, Kate Corkery from Cork and London, Dublin’s Jack Lynch, Listowel’s Frances Kennedy and Sneem Seanchái and festival chairman Batt Burns are all performing across the weekend in various venues.
There is a strong youth programme this year with children’s storytelling workshops and the hugely popular Young Tellers Concert on Saturday evening where children from the locality and around Kerry as young as 11 years of age will perform stories and verse in front of a live audience.
Once again, the hugely popular Story Swap Sessions, an open-mic for amateur tellers to come and swap stories with one another, will take place in pubs locally as well as a storytelling pub trail, a storytelling hill walk, storytelling in an 18th century barn, adult workshops and lunchtime theatre.
Killarney Toastmaster and Author Sean Lyons will present a hilarious lecture on his observations of middle-aged Irish men while the famous South Kerry Rosen Choir will perform ‘Songs From Kerry’ in the Church of the Transfiguration.
“We are thrilled with the support of Fáilte Ireland who have helped to keep this festival since we began, and as a result we are keeping this oral tradition alive in Sneem and Kerry. It’s our oldest tradition and it should be nurtured to bring it back to where it once was up to 70 or 80 years ago. We are trying to do our bit here in Sneem and it’s great to see some of our young people embracing it”, commented Batt Burns, festival founder and renowned Seanchaí.
A weekend festival ticket is €55 including the storytelling concert and ‘The Man In The Woman’s Shoes’ show and full details are available on www.sneemstorytellingfestival.com