Alan Whittaker provides a wide range of expertly crafted chaos, sure to enthral all audiences.
A storyteller like no other weaving traditional storytelling with madcap posing and stand up comedy riffing taking the listener from here to there and back again at break neck speed with panache and a fine sense of the ridiculous.
Drawing on traditional subjects and stories from all over the world and his native Cumbria his tales are peopled with fools and heroes, King Arthur, Odysseus, Beowulf, and Borrowdale Gowks. Reworkings of classic fairytales and completely new wild imaginings such as the charming “Cottage At The Beginning And End Of Time”.
Given a space to perform, out of doors with a warm sun and dry grass for audience to sit down relax and just be taken on an incredible and hilariously funny magic filled journey by Wizardmarra, often with members of the audience being called upon to perform in the piece, or to somehow be involved by him as he interacts with the crowd in a delightful way.
As someone once said “It’s like radio with pictures and all the lights on!”
Then there’s his popular and free podcast series, The Wizardmarra’s Wireless Show, where he showcases best and newest musical talent, a passion which has credited him with more than a few ‘before they were famous‘ bradding rights, many of whom have appeared on the stages he programmes. You can also discover and explore more from The Wizardmarra’s wonderful world, through his writings, videos and photographs.
Alan is currently curator of the Jack in the Green Stage at Nuts in May Festival and resident compère on the Black Barn Stage at Off the Tracks Festival. He will also be appearing at The Old Laundry Theatre’s Folk & Roots weekend.