The Forbidden Door – The Devils Violin

What would you sacrifice for the one you love?

Welcome to a cinema of the mind- with their visceral combination of live music and dynamic storytelling, The Devil’s Violin weave an enchantment of melody and mystery.

Don't open that door!

As soon as the rule is laid down, we know it will be broken. Once the door is opened, then what? - adventures! All of us love a good tale, and this is a wonderful one.
Expect love, loss, drama, danger, horror, humour, twists and trials.

How far is too far?

The Devil's Violin has been breathing new life into the ancient art of storytelling since 2006. Acclaimed storyteller Daniel Morden is joined by virtuoso musicians Sarah Moody, Dylan Fowler and Oliver Wilson-Dickson. Drawing on influences from Folk and World to Jazz and Classical, the music and story work as one, transporting you into a world of the imagination.

This is masterful, theatrical storytelling delivered with great feeling for the dramatic pause, the dark imagery evoking all shades of emotion from horror to joy, while the songs and stories continue to resonate deeply in the bones of the listener long afterwards.
Venue Magazine

“A scintillating combination of music, sound and story” The Times

“An enchantment, a work that walks the line between life and death, which recognises with the power of voice and the power of music, that there is magic everywhere.”
The Times

Suitable for ages 12+

About the authors/artists

Daniel Morden is one of the leading exponents in the art of storytelling. For 23 years he has delighted audiences all over the world at story telling festivals including those in Vancouver, Oslo and Yukon. In the UK he has been seen at The Hay Festival as well as Beyond The Border, Bath and Cheltenham festivals. In London he has performed at venues from the Barbican and National Theatre to the British Museum. The award-winning, Abergavenny- based storyteller has also worked on TV and radio and published books for both children and adults.

Sarah Moody is a Bristol-based multi instrumentalist who has worked for more than a decade as a musician, music director and composer with theatre companies such as Kneehigh, Wildworks, London Bubble, Theatre Royal Bath and Travelling Light. She co-founded a music project with children in Uganda and is currently researching alternative ways of introducing music to very young children with award winning company, Visible Thinking.

Oliver Wilson-Dickson has played everywhere from the BBC Proms to festivals across Europe. Described by R2 magazine as 'an expressive and exceptional fiddler' he also regularly collaborates with storyteller Daniel Morden, with whom he has appeared for four consecutive years at the National Theatre and toured throughout the UK. As a session musician, Herefordshire-based Oliver has contributed many recordings from Cartoons for the BBC to CDs for Warner International and plays in the house band on the Welsh TV show Noson Lawen and with the InterCeltic band Jamie Smith’s Mabon. He has played on stage for the RSC and on film for ITV, S4C & the BBC.

Dylan Fowler

Dylan Fowler has been working as a professional musician for the past 30 years. He has worked as a /performer/composer and arranger and has collaborated and toured with a wide range of musicians on an international level. He is a recognized guitar soloist and has released three CDs on the prestigious Acoustic Music Records label in Germany. He is currently involved in a number of touring projects (The Company of Story Tellers, The Nathan Thomson UK/Finnish project, Alaw with Oliver Wilson-Dickson and Jamie Smith) and ongoing solo work in Europe. He works as a producer/engineer and arranger at a studio he co-founded in Wales, and has established Taith Records, a specialist record label that is rapidly developing a reputation for high quality recordings.


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Tour Information

21st October 2015
Square Chapel
27th October 2015 7:30pm
Georgian Theatre Royal
29th October 2015 7:30pm
Seven Arts
30th October 2015 7:30pm
Otley Courthouse