A family of lost souls, the jaws of a city and a boatful of raw fish, Under Her Skin fuses Deb Newbold’s highly acclaimed and charismatic storytelling voice with the double bass, fiddle, and clog dynamism of Laurel Swift. The resulting story of loss and regret is uplifting, thoroughly modern, and belly-shakingly funny. A pioneering new work Under Her Skin is stand-up storytelling and then some.
Setting an ancient selkie (seal people) folktale firmly in the here and now, Under Her Skin is a live experience of joyful irreverence, lyrical poetry, and killer riffs. With just two performers and no stage set except for a characterful double bass, a whole world is created, from a quiet cove on Scotland’s north coast to rush hour in Whitechapel. Masterfully crafted, yet with no set script, Under Her Skin is an exciting, constantly evolving piece; each performance brings something surprising and new.
Under Her Skin has been created in collaboration with renowned director John Wright (Trestle, Told by an Idiot), and with musical guidance from the legendary Frankie Armstrong.
‘…a glorious, raucous, joyful show which manages seamlessly to combine the raw energy of dance, earthy social realism and the magic and wonder of myth into an entirely integrated, expertly realised evening’s entertainment.’
GILES ABBOTT, STORYTELLER
‘…a unique evening of entertainment, giving storytelling a new lease of life, and a new image.’
Storyteller, word wrangler and crowd tamer Debs Newbold’s unique voice has seen her captivate Shakespeare’s Globe, sell out at Hay Festival, and lead 200 grown adults into mischief at the Royal Festival Hall.
Musician, dancer, and composer Laurel Swift is the founder and choreographer of Morris Offspring, who have appeared on BBC2’s Culture Show and stormed the South Bank.