THE BATTLE OF THE TREES: VISITING WELSH TELLER AND MUSICIAN CHIRSTINE COPPER (Thurs. Oct. 13: Westboro) A child poet. A powerful magician. Two archeologists. Robert Graves, writer. A young mother in labour. And you, the listener. What could connect these people? Storyteller Christine Cooper weaves a tangled web of tales that reaches from pre-historic Wales to modern-day Norfolk, taking in history, myth and personal biography.
The Battle of the Trees is a Welsh mythic poem found in the 10th century Book of Taliesin, which has baffled scholars for centuries. My performance explores the relationships between that poem and the people living and dead, real and mythical, who have clustered round it like moths round a flame. Through these stories I explore our relationship with trees, beings that fill our countries and our cultures across time and space.
audience comments, The Battle of the Trees “Absolutely mesmerizing and beautiful, and so original. Thank you, thank you.”
“A spell-binding, evening – a journey through many emotions – very inspiring!”
“Amazing! I was completely drawn into the world you created.”