Immense skill and breathless conviction...There's no faulting Reid's command of her craft.
Reid’s approach is so personal, idiosyncratic and unpredictable... It’s much more like Peter Shaffer reimagining Mozart – an artistic life retold, as the vehicle for another artist’s ideas and preoccupations. It’s marvellous.
Recent years have witnessed a renaissance of spoken word. Rachel Rose Reid is at the forefront of this resurgence...a lesson in the power of a good story creatively told...astonishing.
Queen of the New Wave of Storytellers.
Rachel Rose Reid is polished and compelling....definitely one to watch
Woody Guthrie Concert: Commission
A commissioned narrative poem for Summer Sundae festival, marking Woody Guthrie's centenary, opening for Billy Bragg's main festival set.
BBC Radio 3 (Dickens Bicentenary), Saison Poetry Library, Dickens Museum, Billy Bragg's Woody Guthrie Centenary Concert, English Folk Dance & Song Society Creative in Residence, Royal Shakespeare Company Learning & Performance Network, Young Friends of the British Museum
Glastonbury Festival; Kings Place Festival, Burning Man (Center Camp Stage), Norwegian Storytelling Festival, Words Festival (Denmark), Contos de Liberdades (Portugal) Alden Biesen, (Belgium), Westcountry Storytelling Festival, Brighton Arts Festival, Secret Garden Party, Latitude, Camp Bestival, Cock & Bull Festival, London Literary Festival; Swindon Festival of Literature; YARNFest BAC Scratch Festival; Festival at the Edge; Beyond the Border (Wales); Sidmouth International Festival of Folk Arts;
WRITING & PERFORMANCE
Language and Life
Songlines through a vanished city
Rachel conjures the ghosts of her father's childhood in the Yiddish East End of London, where anarchists, rabbis, poets and shoemakers packed into a square mile side by side. Rachel unpacks songs her parents wrote over thirty years ago, accompanied by pianist David Harrod.
Uncovered & Retold
In the whole World, only one manuscript unfolds the Roman de Silence. An Arthurian legend had been waiting for seven hundred years to be found. But it was 1911. Suffrage protests were at their explosive height. And this story suggests that King Arthur's lineage depended very much on female emancipation. So the tale itself was silenced. Until now.
Stories in the Mountains
On a walk through the woods, you pause for breath. Leaves shuffle in the breeze, something inside you answers back. Whilst walking 200 miles through a remote part of Italy last year, Rachel collected folk tales, mythology, geology local gossip, and the stories of families who've lived on the same land for generations. A storytelling performance, currently 60 minutes long.
I'm Hans Christian Andersen
All of the Fairytale, None of the Sugar
“On the radio they said that he wrote the Little Mermaid whilst staying on an island to the East of Denmark, avoiding the wedding of the person he loved…” This show weaves between Andersen's unconventional life, the stories he stitched his experiences into, and our own modern obsessions with living ‘happily ever after’.
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Three Acres and a Cow
A History of Land Rights & Protest in Folk Song and Story
In Three Acres And A Cow, Rachel Rose Reid and Robin Grey connect The Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with the 90’s road protests and current food sovereignty movement via the Enclosures and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people’s history of Britain in folk song, stories and poems.
Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.