• Spoken Word

    Stories, spells, songs – The Mighty Goddess show!

    “Fiery, thrilling, powerful storytelling,” Bloomsbury Festival Electrifying, soulful storytelling for adults only! Pioneering storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton evokes powerful goddesses from across the globe. These feminist retellings are sly, subversive and spectacular and put goddesses in the centre of narratives about lust, desire, death, destruction, transformation and rebirth. Follow the goddess: creator, virgin, lover, mother, warrior, crone. Meet: Vesta the fiery virgin; Cybele the mother goddess who fathered a child; Ishtar Goddess of Love and War who journeys to the Land of the Dead. Sally Pomme Clayton entwines myths with memories, spells with songs, comedy with ceremony. She brings ancient myths to contemporary life with dynamic spoken-word, strange musical sounds,…

  • Performances

    The Magician’s Apprentice

    “The magnificent, magical Sally Pomme Clayton wowed us all at Exeter Customs House – storytelling and sheer wonder.” Literature Works With a top hat from a junk shop and mail-order wand, pioneering storyteller and writer Sally Pomme Clayton explores the secret world of the magician. In this bewitching performance she mixes fact with fiction, fragments of myth with antique jokes, dazzling fairytales with snippets of science, forgotten folklore with mysterious images on tarot cards. With a song on her mandolin and a spotted handkerchief she casts a shimmer of stories, shifting from humour to horror, romance to rumour searching for real magic. “Sally Pomme Clayton was truly spellbinding with her…

  • Spoken Word,  Written Word

    Events

    WATCH: Sally Pomme Clayton and Sophie Herxheimer talk about The Mighty Goddess at Watkins Bookshop The Bog King’s Daughter – created for The Hans Christian Andersen Story Centre, New York.The Little Mermaid – created for the Hans Christian Andersen Story Centre, New York Storytelling Synchronicity – storytellers Katy Cawkwell, Pomme Clayton, Hugh Lupton, Emily Hennessy, Rebecca Smart share stories about strange events that have happened as they have told stories. Hosted by Katy Cawkwell with Literature Works. Watch the film and add your own story. READ: LISTEN: EVENTS:The Magician’s ApprenticeWed 20 Mar 2024 7:30 PM – 10:00 PMOur Lady of the Assumption Church Hall, NG9 1AE With a top hat…

  • Spoken Word Written Word

    Sally Pomme Clayton

    “Some people are born to entertain – Sally Pomme Clayton has that magic in plenty, she is a dream-weaver, a spell-binder.”  The Londonist Sally Pomme Clayton (please call her Pomme!) is a pioneering storyteller and writer creating unique performances and publications. With sparkling words, playful humour and haunting images she performs fairytales, romances, fragments of forgotten myths, witty folktales, mysterious legends and wild epics. She creates dark and gleaming stories set in strange worlds that seem strangely close. Her performances are captivating, tender, elegantly crafted and shot through with songs and unusual musical sounds. Pomme creates and performs stories for everyone, from: Soho Theatre to Northern Stage; Totally Thames to…

  • Spoken Word Live Sound

    The Frog Princess Punked

    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…

  • Performances

    Love in the shadows

    Dust off  your heart, dance with the devil.Kiss in the dark, a romantic revel.Under the stars, abandon your woes.Venus in furs, love in the shadows! Love in the Shadows is sheer, magical delight and shadowy enchantment, a combination of  stories and shadows. Dark and gothic fairytales for grown-ups accompanied by Pomme’s little shadow puppet theatre. Stories of devil lovers, lonely lasses, passionate Goddesses, lusty lads are peppered with delicate images from a teeny, tiny shadow theatre. These are stories of having and not having, of longing and loosing, of making mistakes, and living to tell the tale. A night for all hot hearts – get lost in the dark, meet your…

  • Performances

    Solomon and Sheba

    Provoking, seductive, and a virgin, the Queen of Sheba visits King Solomon to test his wisdom. Riddles and tricks, desire and foolishness ensue, as they unravel each others’ histories. Sheba has a bird’s claw and hairy legs and Solomon falls passionately in love with her. As his attempts to seduce her get increasingly desperate, he looses his wisdom and his throne, before the secret of Sheba’s virginity is revealed. Sally Pomme Clayton snips and clips stories of this royal duo from Sumerian, Hebrew, Christian, and Islamic traditions, tracing Sheba’s ancestry back through Medieval folklore to Adam’s first wife, Lilith, and forward to the nursery tales of Mother Goose. Told with…