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The Dragon Lover: Tales Of Hidden Bulgaria by A Spell In Time

After its hugely successful launch last month, Mr Rook’s Speak Easy returns this month with The Dragon Lover: Tales of Hidden Bulgaria from British-Bulgarian performance storytelling company, A Spell In Time.

Welcome to a world of dangerous delights where shapes shift and dragons dwell. But some dragons wear their skins on the inside, and they lure you into a realm of sweet seduction, magical enchantment and fatal attraction.

Enter the Bulgarian dragon! He’s a very different creature to the one we know in the UK. He is powerful, a shape-shifter and wickedly beguiling. And you can meet him on Thursday 19th March at Rook Lane Chapel.

The Dragon Lover is a deliciously dark tale of dangerous liaisons from the heart of Bulgarian myth and folklore. Interweaving storytelling, ritual and evocative music, A Spell In Time conjures a primal and poetic landscape where loves and lives are won and lost.

Company director, Moni Sheehan said, “The Bulgarian dragon, the zmey, is nothing like the dragons that once haunted Somerset. He is a mysterious beastie who walks among us, though he’s hard to spot when he wears his dragon skin on the inside.  He can be very dangerous but he is also a guardian of fertility, and the land would not blossom without him.”

Musician, Ivor Davies said, “We’re really looking forward to our visit. Local heroes may have slain all the Somerset dragons but I think they’ll find the Bulgarian zmey a far more formidable challenge!”

A Spell In Time is a unique and acclaimed British-Bulgarian performance storytelling company that brings Bulgaria’s extraordinary myths and traditional tales to English-speaking audiences for the first time. The company has toured widely in the UK at venues ranging from the Bulgarian Embassy to the Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival in Wales.

Performers in The Dragon Lover are Moni Sheehan, storyteller and Ivor Davies, musician. Original translation is by Paraskeva Armstrong.

The Dragon Lover: Tales of Hidden Bulgaria by A Spell In Time, 7.30 pm (doors open at 7.00pm) on Thursday 19th March at Mr Rook’s Speak Easy,  Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome (BA11 1DN). Tickets: £6/£4 in advance, £7/£5 on the door. Advance tickets available from the Rook Lane website: – Age 12+.