The Spectacular Tales of Grinburrel

Thu 4th – Sat 20th Aug 2011


“Welcome to our sinister spectacle, our premier piece, our wonderfully woeful world...”





Southhampton University Students' Union Showstoppers


A vaudevillian collection of the physical, the comical, the dark and the romantic, this is a passionate reminder of the terrifying and terrific tales told to each of us in our time as child and as adult.

The Spectacular Tales of Grinburrell delves into the dishevelled lives of a band of vagabond travelling raconteurs, showcasing their bizarre fables and spooky myths to audiences young and old. It weaves five enchanting tales around the mismatched pack of nomads as they guide their audience through their imaginary and yet unnervingly familiar worlds, revealing their own agendas for joining the troupe in the process. As they come to close their show, their musings of where to go next are but another story to tell.

In the creation of the five tales the writers mashed their childhood fantasies together and along with the wildly inventive and raucous past-lives of the storyteller troupe, the yarns were woven. And why do it? Well, for the love of a good story. And a good story told well.

Southampton University Theatre Group returns to 2011’s Fringe Festival with an original concoction of extravagant stories inspired by the much-loved works of the Brothers Grimm, Edward Gorey, and Roald Dahl. The company draws on a vastly experienced body of Fringe participants: writers and directors Jonny Baynham and Chloe Green performed in 2010’s offering, Bliss, which was received with great acclaim from the Stage. Producers Emma Lespierre and Eliya Beachy took part in 2009’s Fringe, starring in Theatre Group’s Lords and Ladies and Once a Catholic respectively. Co-writer Alexis Forss brought his original writing to Edinburgh in 2010 and gained many accolades, one being a four star review from ThreeWeeks.

‘A very talented student company took a packed house by storm’

The Daily Echo, on SUSU Theatre Group

Admission: £6.50(£5.50) – £8.50(£7.50)

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