After a year of taking stories to festivals around the world, performance storyteller Mara Menzies returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 with a new story. Enter a world where Gods feast, dance and wander through forests. Reaching into the pantheon of African Orishas (Yoruban mythology/Cuban syncretism), Mara Menzies expresses humour and fragility in a perfectly pitched production that explores our relationship with truth, intention and powerlessness wrapped in the thin cloak of power. How does society control its decision-making when exposed to so many alternative facts? A young man obsessed with joining the ranks of deities, seizes an opportunity to appease himself to the Gods. An innocent misunderstanding leads to disastrous consequences.
Edinburgh based, Kenyan/Scottish storyteller, Mara uses her shows not simply to tell a story, but to use traditional and contemporary storytelling techniques to challenge the audience on powerful issues such as FGM, sexism and racism. Taking the medium of storytelling to engage a 21st century audience, Mara’s dynamic performance blends this ancient art form with a specially commissioned electronic soundscape to create a new piece of storytelling theatre performed in the round.
The show previewed at Royal African Society’s annual ‘Africa Writes’ literary festival at the British Library in London this year and has been invited to take the production to the Storymoja Festival in Nairobi in September 2017.
The Details: Scottish Storytelling Centre, August 3-7, 13-17, 21-24 (13:30) Duration 1hr with ticket prices £9.00 (£7.00) (£28.00F). 3rd August preview £6.00 (£4.00) (£16.00F).
BUY Tickets: https://maramenzies.co.uk/the-illusion-of-truth/