Events

UPCOMING EVENTS! - 2022

21st & 22nd May - Morden Hall Park, National Trust

11am & 12.30pmAesop Fables: The Harvest Festival 
(c.30 minutes - recommended age 4+)

Three of Aesop’s classic fables – The Ants & The Grasshopper, The Fox & The Stork and The Hare & The Tortoise – have been woven together into this delightful, funny and engaging play for children of all ages. Harvest time is nearly here and there’s still so much work for the animals to do to make sure they will last through the winter. Can they put their disagreements aside and get the job done in time for the festival? 

2.30pm Persephone and the Pomegranate Seeds: How the Seasons came to be. 
(c.45 minutes - 
contains sword fighting, recommended age 7+)

There are many versions of the classic Greek myth that explains how the seasons came to be – this is ours! Learn how close the goddess Demeter came to destroying the world when her beloved daughter Persephone was stolen away by Hades, the lord of the Underworld – and how Zeus and Hermes searched for a solution that everyone could live with. Were they successful? You’ll have to see the show to find out… 

Firm favourites in the Fireside Folktales collection we're thrilled to be returning to Morden Hall Park and showcasing these two enchanting shows.

Weather, Seating and Picnics 
These are open air events and will go ahead, rain or shine. Please dress accordingly! Doors open 20 minutes before each performance. You may like to bring low backed seating or a rug, and a picnic. Audiences will be seated in household groups, with the required distance between them and the next household group. 

Box Office 
Adult £10 / Child £6
Joint ticket - allows you to see both plays in one day - Adult £15 / Child £9

Advance booking is highly recommended. Tickets can be purchased online at: ticketsource.co.uk/shadowroad 

30th July & 1st August - Morden Hall Park, National Trust

St George's Quest - an adventure trail through Morden Hall Park. Are you brave and clever enough to take on the challenges, riddles and games on this interactive trail to face... the dragon! (Ages 4+, different levels of difficulties available)
- details, and tickets to be announced in the coming months, watch this space.

4th September - The Coach & Horses, Barnes

Then this Autumn we will once again be returning to The Coach and Horses, a beautiful family friendly pub in the heart of Barnes. It has been a joy performing here over the years and we can't wait to be back here again.

Aesop Fables: The Harvest Festival and Persephone and the Pomegranate Seeds: How the Seasons came to be. The Fireside Folktales family is working hard with four performances on the same day, catch one or both of these shows and enjoy a fabulous themed meal at The Coach and Horses.
- tickets for this and for A Christmas Carol will become available in the coming months - watch this space.

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If you cannot visit us on any of the above occasions and you are interested in booking us for a private event, please see our BOOKINGS page and get in touch to discuss matters further - we would be delighted to hear from you!



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PAST EVENTS

December 2021A Christmas Carol - St Mary's Barnes and Morden Hall Park

After having to cancel our 2020 Christmas plans we were delighted to bring a Fireside Folktales production to St Mary's Barnes! Not the first time at this beautiful Church for the Shadow Road family, we were delighted to be back with this intimate production of A Christmas Carol. Starring Amy Floyd, Emma King-Farlow, Sarah Robinson, and Alice Hope Wilson.

From there we continued our run at the wonderful Morden Hall Park, where they welcomed us back after this Summers success with  A Tale of Robin Hood: The Rescue!

30 October 2021 Macbeth: Sleep No More - Southside House

We were delighted to return to Southside House again this year, this time with our production of Macbeth: Sleep No More. Staring Amy Floyd, Emma King-Farlow, and Sarah Robinson, with Georgie Melling enhancing the haunting atmosphere with her beautiful Violin playing.

Performing two special candlelit shows on Halloween Eve, the evening tickets sold out fast!! It was so wonderful to be back performing to a full house after the last two years and we couldn't have hoped for a better audience! 

The show began in the grand entrance hall of Southside House, audience gathered together when a crash of thunder and rippling of supernatural sounds heralded the arrival of the three witches, high on the balcony looking down on the gathered mortals. Emma King-Farlow's original opening set the scene for this dark tale, filled with ambition, betrayal, and murder. With the witches dire prophecies ringing in their ears the audiences were guided to their seats by the eerie and beautiful violin playing of resident Southside House musician Georgie Melling. From here the audience remained seated while Shakespeare's tragic tale played out before them. 

JULY-AUG 2021


We will be returning to another beautiful National Trust venue. This time at Morden Hall Park with A Tale of Robin Hood: The Rescue!

This new production, written especially for Morden Hall, will take place in their beautiful Rose Garden, with the audience socially distanced in accordance with government guidelines.

Originally scheduled for the summer of 2020, this show - filled with sword fights, heroism and romance, along with live music, singing, and dancing - was sadly postponed for a year due to the pandemic. We cannot wait to bring it to you this summer!

Can our valiant heroes defeat the evil tyrant who rules over Loxley in the King's absence? Might Sir Guy of Gisborne finally succeed in his lifelong mission to see Robin Hood hanged? Can true love conquer all - or will the wait 'until death do us part' be a shockingly short one? Join Robin and his friends on a daring mission to save Gisborne’s prisoners from the hangman’s noose and find out!

Running Time: 1h 15m
Dates: Fri 30th July to Mon 2nd August
& Sun 15th August
Times: 11.30am & 2.30pm each day

Book online at:
(Due to current Covid restrictions, all households will be seated together and socially distanced from others.)


DECEMBER 2021

After an extremely successful festive season, we are delighted to return with our winter production - Artistic Director Emma King-Farlow's inventive adaptation of Charles Dickens's festive classic A Christmas Carol. Over the course of ninety fast-paced, funny and moving minutes, you will discover whether or not Scrooge can redeem himself in time to enjoy a Happy Christmas!

Venue: St Mary's Church, Barnes

Dates & Times
TBC - postponed from 2020 to 2021





SEPTEMBER 2020


Catch Macbeth at The Turbine on the Jetty on Wednesday 9th September at 8pm!  Tickets HERE.





**NEW DATES**

Macbeth: Sleep No More
 is on at The Coach & Horses, Barnes SW13 9LW on Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 10th September at 6pm.  Tickets, including a special Family Ticket offer, are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/shadowroad.  

We are also performing children's favourite Aesop's Fables and our spellbinding retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone & the Pomegranate Seeds there on Thursday 3rd & Monday 7th Spetember. Tickets, including a special Joint Ticket offer, to see both shows on the same day, are again available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/shadowroad.  

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AUGUST 2020

We are delighted to get back in front of an audience this August when we will be performing for a full week 
in a beautiful private garden in Barnes, South West London – the precise address of which will be sent with your purchased ticket

Not only will we be reprising two of Fireside Folktales’ hugely popular productions – the spellbinding myth Persephone & the Pomegranate Seeds and children’s favourite Aesop’s Fables – but we will also be premiering our powerful new adaptation of Macbeth!

In order to ensure that social distancing guidelines are adhered to, ticket numbers will be limited and audience members seated in household groups, each an appropriate distance from any others.

Performances are due to run from Thursday 20th to Wednesday 26th August (details below). Set against an enchanting outdoor backdrop, in a stunning and spacious garden not usually accessible to the public, this promises to be one of our most magical performances yet!


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THE PROGRAMME:

Performance dates are as follows, with doors opening half an hour before the start time. Refreshments will be available on site and social distancing guidelines will be observed, as detailed below.*

Thursday 20th August
Macbeth - 6:45PM - 8:45PM

Friday 21 August
Aesop's Fables: The Harvest Festival - 5:30PM - 6:00PM
Persephone & The Pomegranate Seeds - 7:00PM - 7:45PM

Saturday 22nd August
Aesop's Fables: The Harvest Festival - 11:00AM - 11:30AM
Aesop's Fables: The Harvest Festival - 2:30PM - 3:00PM
Persephone & The Pomegranate Seeds - 4:00PM - 4:45PM
Macbeth - 6:45PM - 8:45PM

Sunday 23rd August
Aesop's Fables: The Harvest Festival - 11:00AM - 11:30AM
Aesop's Fables: The Harvest Festival - 2:30PM - 3:00PM
Persephone & The Pomegranate Seeds - 4:00PM - 4:45PM
Macbeth - 6:45PM - 8:45PM

Monday 24th August
Macbeth - 6:45PM - 8:45PM

Tuesday 25th August
Aesop's Fables: The Harvest Festival - 5:30PM - 6:00PM
Persephone & The Pomegranate Seeds - 7:00PM - 7:45PM

Wednesday 26th August
Macbeth - 6:45PM - 8:45PM

To book your tickets please click here.

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*SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS:

~ All tickets purchased in a single order will be assumed to belong to the same household and seated accordingly. Should your group include more than one household (e.g. two groups of friends who need to maintain the appropriate social distance from each other) please purchase the tickets in two separate orders.

~ Audience members are asked to bring their own blankets or cushions (or both!) to make themselves comfortable on the grass.*

*If any of your party requires an upright chair or camping stool for medical reasons, please email us at firesidefolktales@gmail.com in advance and we will supply one.

Thank you!



JULY 2020


Following the hugely successful launch of Fireside Folktales in 2019, we had high hopes and a number of bookings for 2020. You probably don't need us to tell you what has become of these in recent months. Like everyone else in the arts and beyond, we have lost a sizeable amount of work and money, with many bookings either cancelled or postponed until next year. 

With some luck, we hope to be able to squeeze in a few late summer open air performances, giving us a chance to revisit Persephone & the Pomegranate SeedsAesop's Fables and our newly updated version of A Tale of Robin Hood: The Rescueand to premiere our thrilling new adaptation of Macbeth!

At the moment, it seems likely that we may we may return for our first performances in early September, although we will continue to look for opportunities in late August. Online rehearsals for Macbeth began last month and we were delighted to hold our first in-person (safely socially distant!) rehearsal just over a week ago. We can't wait to share the results...  

Indeed, as both Macbeth and A Christmas Carol, our acclaimed Christmas production, are firm curriculum favourites, we are hoping that we might be able to provide a useful service in the coming months, taking them (and our other plays) to schools as they return, entertaining children while they learn - and perhaps helping to bridge the gap between the kind of learning they've been doing at home and that which they will do once they return to school. 

In the meantime, we are also looking for more bookings for autumn and Christmas performances, particularly of Macbeth and A Christmas Carol. If you know anyone whom you think might be interested in booking us for anything from a school visit or private party, to a public venue or a corporate Christmas event, we'd be extremely grateful if you could put us in touch - thank you!

More details will be available on this page as soon as the situation in the UK becomes clearer...


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CHRISTMAS 2019
This festive season Fireside Folktales will be performing A Christmas Carol, adapted and directed by Emma King-Farlow.

SOLD OUT!!
Saturday 23rd November 2019 -  We are excited to debut Fireside Folktales' A Christmas Carol at The Coach & Horses, Barnes. 

We will be performing at 3pm and 7pm.  Doors open 15 minutes before each performance. 

Join us for some pre-show carol singing and buy yourself a drink from the bar to get into a suitably festive mood! 

Tickets: Adults £12.50; Children (under 16) £10. 

Available in person from The Coach & Horses, 27 Barnes High Street, SW13 9LW or online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/shadowroad


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SOLD OUT!!
Saturday 30th November 2019 - We are delighted to be staging a special, candlelit performance at the remarkable Southside House! With mulled wine and mince pie in hand, you are invited to pull up a seat by the roaring fire and join a reluctant Ebeneezer Scrooge on his adventures.  

Doors open at 6:30pm - feel free to take the opportunity to explore this remarkable house before the entertainment begins!

Tickets: £20.00 (includes a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine or a soft drink with every ticket) - These will be available to purchase shortly through Southside House's website; if you would like to reserve a ticket now please email us at firesidefolktales@gmail.com

Location: Southside House, 3-4 Woodhayes Road, London SW19 4RJ

SUMMER 2019:


August 3rd & 4th 2019 - We are delighted to be appearing at the magnificent Ham House & Garden as part of The Grand Picnic weekend!  

We will be presenting four plays each day - two performances of Aesop's Fables (11am & 2pm) and one each of Persephone & the Pomegranate Seeds (1pm) and A Tale of Robin Hood (4pm).  Tickets will cost £7.50* and are available from the Ham House website's What's On' page or at the House in person.  Hope to see you there!

*General admission price not included

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September Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd 2019 - We are thrilled to be performing at the stunning Strawberry Hill House.

We will be performing the following plays:
Sunday 1st: 11am & 2pm - Aesop's Fables
12:30pm & 3:30pm - A Tales of Robin Hood
Monday 2nd: 11am & 2pm - Aesop's Fables
12:30pm & 3:30pm - Persephone & the Pomegranate Seeds
Ticket prices: 
£8 Non-member
£7 Member/Volunteer at Strawberry Hill House & Garden
Available to purchase at: https://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/whats-on/


SPRING 2019

May 11th & 12th 2019 - The Fireside Folktales company will be making their debut at the wonderful Barnes Children's Literature Festival!  Our beautiful Story Tent will be positioned in the middle of Barnes Green (Church Road, London, SW13 9HE), between the main Festival Marquee and the Tea Tent and we will be performing the following productions on both days of the festival:
  • 11am: Aesop's Fables
  • 1pm: Persephone & the Pomegranate Seeds
  • 3pm: A Tale of Robin Hood
Entry to all of these performances will be free throughout the festival weekend, although numbers are limited so we advise you to get there early for your chosen production!


July 4th, 5th & 6th 2019 - We are thrilled to return to Barnes, for our first ever evening performances at St Osmund's Catholic Church. Why not join us and experience the glittering lights, enchanting lanterns and fairytale atmosphere for yourself?

Performances:
July 4th & 5th - 7:30pm A Tale of Robin Hood
  8:30pm Persephone & the Pomegranate Seeds
July 6th - 11am Aesop's Fables        
                                                                                                  2:30pm A Tale of Robin Hood
                                                                                                  3:30pm Persephone & the Pomegranate Seeds
Tickets:                                                                         
Adult: £10 / Child: £7.50
***We are offering a special early bird discount to see both A Tale of Robin Rood Persephone & the Pomegranate Seeds on the same day. £15/Adult & £10/Child. 

Seating is limited so book early to avoid disappointment: www.ticketsource.co.uk/shadowroad

Location:
St Osmund's Catholic Church, 79 Castelnau, Barnes, London, SW13 9RT

Each of the plays will be staged in our beautiful 8m diameter Story Tent,which will be set up in the church garden. Entrance to the garden, bar and Box Office is via the church hall - through the double glass doors found part of the way down the small road leading back to the car park on the left hand side of the church.  Parking is available in the church car park and on nearby side streets.

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