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'How much do you love me?'

Daniel Morden- Story
Oliver Wilson-Dickson - Violin
Sarah Moody - Cello
Luke Carver Goss - Accordion

Sally Cookson - Director

Slick and spellbinding, few theatrical experiences come close to this superbly crafted show which brings the ancient art of storytelling firmly into the 21st century.

Unlocking forgotten folk tales that inspired some of English literature’s greatest works - Shakespeare’s King Lear and Chaucer’s Franklin’s Tale and Wife of Bath’s Tale -The Devil’s Violin takes them on a new voyage of discovery.

Aided by the dramatic, driving rhythms of a skilled and inventive strings and accordion trio, Daniel Morden - one of the UK’s most compelling and applauded storytellers - lures the audience onto a rollercoaster ride in this haunting, hypnotic fusion of music and word.

Love is put to the test in three tales as the audience is transported to King Arthur’s Camelot, the Breton shores and the ancient Britain of King Lear.
Meet a knight on a year-long quest to discover what women really want and enter a world where Cinderella meets Cordelia and “Miss Mossy Coat” emerges from “The Land of Ladles” to thrill a prince.

An alchemic experience that will have you on the edge of your seat, A Love Like Salt is a rich tapestry, peppered with magic and morals, villains and lovers, desire and disguise and even a man hellbent on selling his soul to win a woman. Three wonderfully engrossing tales drawn from the past and skillfully spun into gripping stories for the present.

Timeless and thought-provoking this is a show guaranteed to fire the imagination. Come and see how the story ends.

Suitable for anyone over 12.

A Love Like Salt has been made possible by the generous support of Arts Council England, The Arts Council of Wales and The John Fell OUP Research Fund, University of Oxford. Thanks also to the Bristol Old Vic Ferment and The Tobacco Factory Theatre Bristol for additional support.

A Love Like Salt was commissioned by the Bodleian Library and English Faculty at the University of Oxford, with generous support from the University's John Fell Fund. The show's premiere, on the 20th April, will take place in the Divinity School, right at the heart of the historic Bodleian Library. At the same time, the Bodleian is mounting a major exhibition, The Romance of the Middle Ages , which highlights its rich collection of medieval romances and the way that they have inspired writers and artists through the centuries, including Chaucer and Shakespeare, William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, and more recently C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Philip Pullman and Monty Python.


Daniel has been telling traditional stories for a living since 1989 and his craft has taken him around the world, from the Arctic to the Pacific to the Caribbean. He regularly collaborates with the Education Departments of The Barbican Centre and The National Theatre. He has conceived and presented numerous documentaries on storytelling for BBC Radio Wales. His first book, ‘Weird Tales from the Storyteller' was nominated for the Tir Na Nog Children's Book Prize. His most recent book, 'Dark Tales from The Woods' includes several of the stories from The Devil's Violin.


Sarah Moody works as a musician/Music Director/composer with theatre companies such as Kneehigh at the National Theatre, London, Nottingham Playhouse and Travelling Light. She has also co founded a music project with children in Uganda and works as a freelance artist doing educational projects with all ages.


Oliver graduated from York University in 1999. He tours internationally with the bands Szapora, Newfolks, The Tea Hodzic Trio and Mabon. In concert he has supported Bryn Tyrfyl, Jules Holland, Jamie Cullem and others. He has worked with the RSC, The Sherman Theatre and Theatre Iolo. He has recorded for BBC television and radio, S4C, HTV and film. He collaborates regularly with the storyteller Daniel Morden and has appeared at The Royal Ablert Hall, Buckingham Palace, The Wales Millenium Centre, The Purcell Room, The Barbican, St Davids Hall and other major venues.


Luke Carver Goss's music includes commissions for symphony orchestras, rock bands, musicals, theatres and dance ensembles. He has arranged music for choirs, song-writers, bands and theatres.

He works both on his own and in collaboration with composers, writers, dancers, artists and a dazzlingly good band called The Téa Hodzic Trio. He also write music and plays accordion with The Ian McMillan Orchetsra. 'You've got to go and hear them play .. fabulous' Fiona Talkington, Late Junction BBC R3

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