What They Said ....

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“Spell binding tales in the hands of a master” -
Yarn Festival of Storytelling, Bray, Ireland

“The best storytelling performance I have ever seen”
- Marion Cockin, Wolverhampton Library Service

“When I first saw John, he took my breath away. He was performing one of his Breton Tales ... There is never a moment when John is performing that the audience isn’t captivated by the theatrical way he weaves his stories.” - Billy Spakemon, RoosterSpake

“John Edgar has managed to capture the dark mysteries of old Brittany. His alluring ability to drag you into the tales comes via his very listenable animated manner which, should you ever get the opportunity to catch him live, makes his story-telling a captivating art form ... full of energy and intrigue, and should appeal to those of you who appreciate a good set of yarns with a dark of sometimes outright sinister flavour. It leaves you with the same unease as watching the original ‘Wicker Man’ - totally ‘crept out’ but also having been on a tremendously enjoyable, if rollercoaster-like, emotional journey.” - It’s Alive! Zine

“Lastly, the storyteller, John Edgar was in fine form adding his own unique twist to his Breton folk tales, a little taste of his show scheduled for the Arena Theatre a few days later. This might seem a dark subject to tackle after all that laughter, but John soon had us guffawing as he added his own twist to story after story of life after dark in Brittany when death walks the land and only the brave dare confront him. It’s not just the words that make John funny, it’s the all action performance, as he goes through a series of gestures to match each story. Anybody who hasn’t seen John Edgar has missed a treat.” - Behind The Arras

“Wonderfully feral” - Raw Edgar Magazine

“The Arena might have been built for John Edgar, large enough to accommodate a good sized audience, but not too large.  It gives him just the right size of auditorium for his voice to reach everybody without the need for amplification, and brings audience members close enough for him to interact with individuals, even ad-libbing a few short good natured exchanges, as he prowls the stage ... When the macabre spell cast by John was broken by humour, we, having been drawn into a story, sometimes laughed nervously, sometimes chuckled and sometimes laughed aloud.  Moreover, this coupling of macabre and mirth continued into the second half, when we heard the tale of generous Laou ar Braz and his encounter with The Ankou after he had slaughtered his largest pig and shared the proceeds with his neighbours.  So many stories told, so many, we hope, still to tell. ... On my way out, I overheard two women discussing their night out.  The verdict – ‘mind blowing’.  It must have been their first time, but I tend to agree.” -
Behind The Arras