Irish Legends: Wolfwalkers

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 25 October 2021 > What's On

Tomm Moore’s animated films are rooted in Irish folklore and history. After fairies in Brendan and the Book of Kells and selkies in Song of the Sea, the heroes of his latest film are wolfwalkers, which he describes as “benign Celtic werewolves”. The film is set in 1650, when Cromwell’s English army had put down … Continue reading “Irish Legends: Wolfwalkers”

An Extraordinary Theatre Experience

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 11 March 2020 > What's On

Taking folk tales from around the world, British company 1927 bring their latest category-busting show to Paris in English in March. Roots began with a book writer Suzanne Andrade found in the British Library. The Aarne-Thompson-Uther Index is a treasure trove of the world’s folk tales. It gives short descriptions of stories, variations of which … Continue reading “An Extraordinary Theatre Experience”

Rip van Winkle

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 19 July 2019 > Ready to Use

This A2 activity is based on a short presentation of Washington Irving’s short story Rip Van Winkle,  which was first published in 1819, two hundred years ago. Although it was inspired by a German traditional story, Irving gave it a clearly American context as the eponymous Van Winkle magically falls asleep for 20 years, completely … Continue reading “Rip van Winkle”