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Wed 25 Mar

The Remarkable Tale Of Robert Desnos


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Running Time 1 hour 50 mins

Venue The Studio, York Theatre Royal

Age 14+

Price From £10.00

The Remarkable Tale Of Robert Desnos

Wed 25 Mar

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Wed 25 Mar



Running Time

1 hour 50 mins


The Studio, York Theatre Royal




From £10.00


York Literature Festival 2020

Performance storytelling by Clare Murphy and Daniel Morden

A concentration camp seems an unlikely backdrop for a wild night of fairytales for grown-ups, but when the poet, journalist and bouffon, Robert Desnos, is captured by the Nazis for spying for the French Resistance, his response is to organise clandestine storytelling gatherings.

As the horror of the camps grows, so does the dark enchantment, surreal comedy and transformative power of the stories, until the only question that remains is what power does a clown in a concentration camp really have.

Funny, tragic, moving, and true The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos is an extraordinary exploration of countless other worlds and the power of the imagination to shape and affect reality.

DANIEL MORDEN is one of Europe’s most popular storytellers. He has been telling tales for a living since 1989. He is best known for his duo performances of Greek myth with Hugh Lupton, and his dynamic fusion of spoken word and music with The Devil’s Violin.

CLARE MUIREANN MURPHY can’t help but make friends with her audiences…it’s just the way she is. Born in Dublin, Clare has lived in Spain, America and Galway, and currently resides in Bristol. A physical and witty performer, she has performed in festivals and theatres across the world.

York Literature Festival 2020