The Devil’s Violin creates and performs music and storytelling shows that receive standing ovations and evoke passionate responses from its diverse audience and positive reviews from arts professionals.
‘The most awe -inspiring play ever’ Valleys Kids member aged 19
‘An enchantment, a work that walks the line between life and death, between what we are and what we might become; which recognises with the power of voice and the power of music, that there is magic everywhere.’
The Times Literary Supplement on Singing Bones
Formed in 2006, each of DV’s shows to date; The Devil’s Violin, The Singing Bones, A Love Like Salt and The Forbidden Door, have built the company’s reputation. These shows have collectively performed 270 times, reaching over 16,000 people (3,200 in Wales) at art centres, festivals and rural venues throughout the UK including Theatr Clwyd, Chapter, Hay Festival, The Sage Gateshead as well as at European festivals. Its artistic home is Abergavenny.
DV’s unique blend of words and music has proven powerful in reaching a diverse audience aged from 12 upwards. It has charmed, chilled and thrilled audiences in urban, socially deprived and rural areas. It has been popular with both pensioners and teenagers and those who enjoy storytelling, literature and theatre and folk, world or classical music.
The company has already achieved a great deal in reconnecting people to storytelling across Wales and beyond. Its ambition is to keep raising the profile of this ancient art-form by making it accessible to a diverse 21st Century audience. It ‘represents a significant step in the development of storytelling as a performance art.’ Professor Mike Wilson, University of Glamorgan
DV’s ongoing success and popularity is down to the individual talents and reputation of its artists; Multi award-winning Welsh storyteller Daniel Morden (winner of the Welsh Books Council Tir Na Nog award and two Welsh Assembly Government Author Advance Awards, author for Gomer Press and two outstanding musicians: violinist Oliver Wilson-Dickson (musician in ALAW and Jamie Smith’s Mabon), and cellist Sarah Moody, composer for theatre companies such as Tobacco Factory, Bristol, Travelling Light Theatre Co and Invisible Ink (in association with Theatr Iolo) and as musician for companies such as Kneehigh and Wildworks.