Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 21 – The Binding of Fenrir

‘The Binding of Fenrir’ is an awesome tale from Norse Mythology! Fenrir is a monstrous wolf, the son of Loki and the giantess Angabooa. It was foretold that Fenrir would kill Odin, and this story tells what the Gods decided to do about it. This story completes our collection of Myths and Legends. We’re having a break this week as we are busy writing a new play which will be performed in the Himalayas next summer – you can read all about it here We’ll be back next Monday with the next set of 10 stories, drawn from the oldest stories all over the world – from Australia to the Amazon rainforest, from Africa to North America. Humans have always told each other stories, from one generation to the

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 20 – Thor and Hrungnir

Thor’s Duel with Hrungnir is a classic story from Norse Mythology in which Thor, Father of the Gods, takes on Hrungnir, the mightiest of the Giants. Told by Ben Lindsey-Clark, Tales from the Treehouse invite you to be swept away by your own imagination! Stories that we listen to (rather than watch) are immersive and engaging. The listeners' imagination is free to draw its own imagery and create its own world, inspiring future interaction with the story and its characters. Since we're working from home for a while - quite a challenge for a theatre company ! - there will be plenty more stories coming! Please subscribe to our blog to keep up to date with the latest episode!

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 19 – The Ship-Wrecked Sailor

This is one of the oldest written stories in the world. It was found written in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs on a piece of 4000 year old parchment in the Museum of St Petersburg in Russia. Where it came from originally remains a mystery. The story is about a man trying to share a story of hope with someone who is seeing things in a negative way. Whether he is persuaded to change his mind, you will have to find out by listening for yourself... ‘The Ship-Wrecked Sailor’ also explores the way in which a person can be transported to a strange and bewildering place, only to return home again. This was a familiar thought to Egyptian religious sentiment at the time. This story is especially for

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 18 – The Sword in the Stone

Today’s story is a throwback to the world of medieval England, and legendary deed of King Arthur. The Sword in the Stone is the story of how it all began! So much of Arthurian legend is familiar to us – his father Uther Pengragon and his conception at Tintagel, characters in his story such as Merlin, Mordred, Guinevere and Lancelot, his sword Excalibur, and his final resting place at Avalon. Arthur would have lived around 500-600BC, which is called The Dark Ages because so little is known of this time. The earliest writings about Arthurs life are (probably) by a monk called Geoffrey of Monmouth about 600 years later, and concentrated on his defence of the land against the Saxon invasion of E

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 17 – Part 2: Theseus and the Minotaur

Happy Easter everyone! Today’s episode concludes ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ - so make sure you've listened to Part 1 first!! (episode 16) We've recorded this for Stourfield Junior school who requested a story for older children. We hope they like it! We’d like to say a huge thank you to teachers everywhere who are looking after the children of key workers at the moment, helping to keep everything going and putting themselves at risk in the process. If you have any requests for Myths and Legends, please do send them in! Told by Ben Lindsey-Clark, Tales from the Treehouse invite you to be swept away by your own imagination! Stories that we listen to (rather than watch) are immersive and engag

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 16 – Part 1: Theseus and the Minotaur

Theseus and the Minotaur is an Ancient Greek Myth, set on the island of Crete where King Minos and his daughter Ariadne live. Prince Theseus, the hero of the story, comes from Athens, and this is just one of many stories about his life. It’s such a great story that to do it justice needed a bit more time than our usual 15 minute stories, so ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ will be published in 2 parts, perfect to enjoy during a lazy sunny long weekend. If you have any requests for Myths and Legends, please do send them in! Told by Ben Lindsey-Clark, Tales from the Treehouse invite you to be swept away by your own imagination! Stories that we listen to (rather than watch) are immersive and engaging

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 15 – Beowulf and the Dragon

PART 2! Beowulf is an Old English epic poem, set in Scandinavia and written around 1000 years ago. We’ve split this story into 2 parts – today's episode concludes the story of Beowulf, when he confronts his nemesis - a Dragon who threatens the peace of his 50 years reign. This story is the first time that a Dragon Slayer appears in English literature! There’s been plenty more since – can you think of any? If you have any requests for Myths and Legends, please do send them in! Told by Ben Lindsey-Clark, Tales from the Treehouse invite you to be swept away by your own imagination! Stories that we listen to (rather than watch) are immersive and engaging. The listeners' imagination is free to d

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 14 – Beowulf and Grendel

Beowulf is an Old English epic poem, set in Scandinavia and written around 1000 years ago. We’ve split this story into 2 parts – todays episode is about Beowulfs confrontation with the monster Grendel – and then his mother, a monster in her own right, who comes seeking revenge. No-one knows if Beowulf actually existed, or who wrote the poem. We can look at other literature from around the same time, or archaeological evidence – what do you think? If you have any requests for Myths and Legends, please do send them in! Told by Ben Lindsey-Clark, Tales from the Treehouse invite you to be swept away by your own imagination! Stories that we listen to (rather than watch) are immersive and engaging

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 13 – Persephone and the Pomegranate Seeds

Persephone and the Pomegranate Seeds is a myth from Ancient Greece, which helps to explain the cycle of the seasons. If you've been part of a Treehouse Theatre Play-in-a-Day at school, you might remember this story as it's part of 'War and Peace in Ancient Greece' If you have any requests for Myths and Legends, please do send them in! Told by Ben Lindsey-Clark, Tales from the Treehouse invite you to be swept away by your own imagination! Stories that we listen to (rather than watch) are immersive and engaging. The listeners' imagination is free to draw its own imagery and create its own world, inspiring future interaction with the story and its characters. Since we're working from home for a

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 12 – The Magic Paintbrush

Today we are starting a series of 10 Myths and Legends. The set will include stories from the Ancient worlds of Greece, Egypt and Rome, as well as tales handed down from Saxons, Vikings and Celts. We are starting with a Chinese Folk Tale, requested by St James Primary school, where year 6 are studying Ancient China. The Magic Paintbrush is a great story for thinking about morality and ethical choices – what would you paint? If you have any requests for Myths and Legends, please do send them in! Told by Ben Lindsey-Clark, Tales from the Treehouse invite you to be swept away by your own imagination! Stories that we listen to (rather than watch) are immersive and engaging. The listeners' imagi

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 11 – The Time we Spring-cleaned the World

Today, in a break from the norm (something we have all become used to recently!), rather than a story, we have a poem. 'The Time We Spring-Cleaned the World' is by Louise Gribbons, a teacher from Northern Ireland. This poem is intended as a way to explain to concerned young children, in a simple way, the world’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak. But as some of the children who would enjoy the poem might be too young to read it for themselves, we have read it for you! With permission of Ms Gribbons, and featuring a brief appearance by “Boris Johnson”, we hope you enjoy “The Time We Spring Cleaned the World”. Told by Ben Lindsey-Clark, Tales from the Treehouse invite you to be swept away b

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 10 – Snow White and Rose Red

This story completes our first set of 10 traditional tales – we do hope you’ve enjoyed listening! The central message in ‘Snow White and Rose Red’ of being kind to others, and grateful to each other, feels very relevant today! ‘Snow White and Rose Red’ isn’t officially related to the story of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, even though the main character has the same name! If Snow White WAS the same person in both fairy tales, how would you join up the two stories? The next set of stories are Myths and Legends. We’ll be starting publishing those on Friday, with ‘The Magic Paintbrush’, requested by St James Primary School in Bournemouth for a project on Ancient China. If you have any reque