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The Little Wolf Gang present:
Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf'and other wild musical tales
Words by Martin Maudsley
Music arranged by Edward Jay
Artwork by Peter Stevenson
A spellbinding live performance of a well-loved family classic, brimming with sumptuous storytelling and musical delights…
Little Wolf Gang brings together accomplished storyteller Martin Maudsley with virtuoso musicians Eddy Jay (accordion), David Adams (bassoon) and Fiona Barrow (violin) in a brand-new show that translates the enduring brilliance of Prokofiev's masterpiece into a thrilling theatrical interaction between classical music and spoken word storytelling.
Their Peter and the Wolf sparkles with vivid imagery and performance panache and will enchant both young and old alike, introducing a new generation to this gem of musical characterisation.
The show's title story - a brave little boy's adventurous encounter with a wild wolf - is delightfully complemented by two other marvellously musical tales from Old Russia:
One features some fiendish fiddle-playing as a brave musician meets a devilish stranger, and the other tale - underscored by Ravel's Bolero - features a woodcutter who becomes as bear; a piece we have renamed 'Bear-lero'.
The show lasts approximately 55 minutes, including dynamic audience interactions and a section where the musicians playfully introduce their instruments and styles. Aimed at families with children aged six and upwards, but will also appeal to wider ages including adults.
A bespoke, themed workshop to complement the show is available on request.
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Download the lovely reviews from our recent shows at Bristol Tobacco Factory
'We were delighted with the audience numbers. It was lively, entertaining and great fun and held our young audience spellbound. Martin's storytelling was superb, as was the musicianship. It is just the kind of show that young children should be exposed to and have the opportunity to see. It was also enjoyed enormously by the adults and was a rousing and successful opening to Proms at St Jude's 2014'
Yvonne Baker - Director and Trustee, Proms at St Jude's
'The humour, musical wizardry and magical story-telling kept nearly two hundred 4-9 yr olds entranced for an hour. This is a brilliant rearrangement of Prokoviev's classic which works better than ever! And the folky pieces had the children and adults bouncing in their seats
Alastair McLachlan - Uppingham theatre
'Little Wolf Gang's condensed version of Peter and the Wolf for three instruments and storyteller is a wonderful treat for children and adults alike. It loses nothing of its magic and stripped down to their essentials Prokofiev's themes shine through almost more strongly than in the fully orchestrated version. Martin Maudsley's storytelling is masterful - engaging, witty and suitably scary, he brought every human and animal character in the story to life and had the children spellbound. The two accompanying folk tales were a wonderful bonus and the young audience loved having the opportunity to see the instruments up close after the performance.
Mark Tattersal - Dorchester Arts Centre
' "Peter & The Wolf and other tales" is a hugely enjoyable family show presented by Martin Maudsley and his Russian hat-wearing band. They recently performed to a packed audience here at the at the Wiltshire Music Centre and brought the stories to life with great panache.'
James Slater - Artistic Director, Wiltshire Music Centre
'What a fantastic show indeed! Thank you to you and your fabulous team for bringing this to us, I really do hope it can be the first of many a condensing-collaboration! The show captivated its audience from beginning to end, with children and adults alike hanging on Martin's every word, the brilliantly arranged (and performed) music swirling around them like a magic spell. With the inspired stripping back of the orchestral forces to an intimate yet nonetheless dazzling trio of fiddle, accordion and bassoon, and the wonderfully animated storyline, the characters of Peter, his grandfather, the duck, cat and wolf have never seemed so real, so touchable.'
Catherine Freda (Manager) St George's, Bristol
'Judging by this performance, the ancient craft of storytelling is enjoying a real revival as a contemporary art form'
Venue Magazine, Bristol
'Martin Maudsley is master craftsman, telling old tales with a new resonance'
Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival
'These musicians are 5 star performers!'
Martin Maudsley - Storyteller
Martin is an acclaimed professional storyteller regularly performing, for both adult and family and audiences, in theatres and arts venues around the country.
In 2007 Martin established Bristol Storytelling Festival and was its Artistic Director for a successful seven years.
In 2013 was nominated as a 'Happiness Champion' for the City of Bristol, and now is currently a patron of Somerset Storytelling Festival since moving to Dorset with his family.
He has also appeared at several storytelling festivals around the UK, including the prestigious Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival and recently for BBC Radio 4's 'More Than Words' festival.
Fiona Barrow - Violinist
Fiona Barrow is a Bristol based classically trained violinist, although her early performing experiences were mostly in touring the UK and beyond as part of several theatrical street outfits including Tragic Roundabout, Fiasco di Casino, and Swervy World.
Fiona's theatrical experience culminated with a sell-out run on Broadway with Travelling Lights award- winning show 'Into The West.' Following that, she also completed several tours with Kneehigh's 'Tristan and Yseult' at Sydney festival (Australia), Wellington festival (New Zealand) and Spoleto festival (South Carolina).
Fiona has worked with Martin Maudsley since 2007 including as part of the collective 'Wild Words'.
Fiona and Edward Jay have worked together since 2004 in a vast range of settings including theatre shows, weddings, community outreach charities, and English Country dance weekends.
Edward Jay - Accordionist, Musical Arranger
Edward began his professional music career playing accordion in his fathers's ceilidh band in South Wales, aged 8. Edward now plays several instruments, has written and recorded for TV, film and theatre (including Broadway), and has travelled all over the world as a performer in various shows.
The idea to turn Peter and the Wolf into a 4 hander came from Edward's step-daughter Elsie (aged 11) in 2012. It took Edward several weeks to transcribe the music from the original orchestral recordings and arrange them for accordion, bassoon and violin.
David Adams - Bassoonist
David worked for many years as Orchestra Manager for Sir John Eliot Gardiner's multi award-winning Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra.
He currently does the same with Charles Hazlewood's period music group the Army of Generals, collaborating on projects such as BBC TV's The Birth of British Music series.
David's period music ensemble Bristol Baroque Soloists broadcast live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune with the internationally-acclaimed soprano Mhairi Lawson, and his Drawer of Dreams collaboration with Cirque Bijou opened Bristol's 2009 Colston Hall Celebration.
David loves combining music with theatre, and created Dmitri & Uncle Joe, a play-with-music which sold out at Bristol Old Vic's 2012 Ferment festival.