The Frog Princess Punked combines pioneering storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton, and girl punk band, The Swamp Girls. Together they create a hybrid hullabaloo of spoken word, distorted guitars, scorching drums, riotous songs, and dynamic performance storytelling set within a shifting collage of surreal animations and films that are v-jayed live! This performance was on tour in March 2020 when the pandemic struck. We would love to do it again, but lost everything. If you would like to host this performance at your festival please ask.
The Slits with stories!”
What happens when Ivan marries a frog? A wicked racket! Urban meets forest. Patriarchy meets feminism. Baba Yaga meets Koschey the Deathless! This subversive performance combines the noise of punk with a narrative about the dangers of annexing the wild, and the wisdom of liberating the female.
“Funny, refreshing and ballsy!” Omnibus Theatre
“This was punk opera! You took us somewhere I have never been before!” Audience Cube, Bristol
The Frog Princess Punked has been performed at: Cambridge Junction; Kings Place; Exeter Phoenix; Capstone Theatre; Rich Mix; Soho Theatre; Omnibus Theatre; Bloomsbury Theatre for The Bloomsbury Festival; New River Studios; Beyond The Border Storytelling Festival; The Cube Microplex.
The Swamp Girls:
Sally Pomme Clayton – story
Georgia Kalogeropoulou – composer, guitar, saxophone, voice
Dawn Rose – musical arrangement, drums
Fotios Begklis – live v-jaying, images
“You have reinvented storytelling with this feisty girl-punk, feminist fairytale.” Audience, Soho Theatre
“Fiery, thrilling, powerful storytelling, a truly immersive experience.” Bloomsbury Theatre
The Frog Princess Punked was supported by Arts Council funding and Omnibus Theatre where we developed the work as part of their ‘Engine Room’ with dramaturgical help from director Marie McCarthy. It later had movement and improvisation direction from Mikael Öberg. The performance extends the bounds of storytelling, reaching new audiences.