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Join Innsbruck’s only native English-speaking storyteller for an evening of Japanese folk and fairy tales – for grown-ups!

TIROL, Innsbruck, 3 April 2019:  Ziyadliwa, Austria’s only native-English speaking oral storyteller, presents a brand new storytelling show entitled “Troublesome Tengu” featuring tales from Japan – for grown-ups.

In “Troublesome Tengu”, an all-too-human hero encounters tricky goblins (Tengu), fearsome ghosts, war-like samurai, patient tea masters and a cast of characters drawn from the rich and long tradition of Japanese folk tales.

“In this storytelling show, I wanted to create an adventure that would introduce people the wonderful variety of stories from Japan,” says oral storyteller Ziyadliwa. “There is something for everyone: humour, horror, foolishness, wisdom, adventure, sad moments, and of course, a bit of love.”

Not sure what to expect from an evening of storytelling? Ziyadliwa describes it as theatre for the mind, a combination of the intensity of a solo performance with the intimacy of a one-to-one conversation.

“When I tell people that I’m a storyteller and that I tell stories for adults, the first question they ask is: ‘What do you read to them?’” laughs Ziyadliwa. “And my answer is that I don’t read – I tell. It’s a performance.”

An evening at a storytelling performance gives listeners a chance to put away their mobile phones, stop talking, and simply listen and allow their imaginations to roam free – something that few of us do in our busy world!

Although Ziyadliwa positions her storytelling for adult audiences, that’s mostly because of the level of English and the themes in some of the tales.

“People are always surprised that folk tales often involve murder, and can be quite bloody. Sometimes folktales sound political, and references to sex arise from time to time, too. When I tell stories at high schools, I choose age-appropriate content!” she says.

“Troublesome Tengu” will be premiering on 17th April 2019 at KochLokal Innsbruck, Franz-Fischer-Straße 12, 6020 Innsbruck, and will begin promptly at 7:15pm. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis, and donations of EUR5 are welcome. The show lasts for approximately 100 minutes including a short break.

For more information about Ziyadliwa and her shows, visit her website at www.ziyadliwa.com.


About the storyteller

Ziyadliwa (real name Suzanne Whitby) is an oral performance storyteller from South Africa who currently lives in Innsbruck, Tirol. She has been telling stories since 2010 and delights audiences of all ages with folktales, fairy stories, myths, legends, and occasional true tales from her repertoire of hundreds of stories collected on travels around the glove. She performs shows and tells tales in venues of all shapes and sizes, including theatres, bars, festivals, schools, museums, corporate events, and more.

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“I was transported back to my childhood! During tonight’s performance of ”One Golden Feature’, I heard stories that I hadn’t heard for years, that I thought I’d forgotten about, as well as stories that I’d never heard before. The whole performance was wonderful – every show just seems to get better and better. Definitely worth coming along.”

― Richard Novak, Innsbruck, Austria