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The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos

The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos

Funny, surreal, moving and true. A concentration camp may seem an unlikely backdrop for a wild night of fairytales, but when French poet and journalist Robert Desnos is captured by the Nazis, his response is to organise clandestine gatherings in the camp’s washroom.

As the horror of the camps grows, so does the dark enchantment, surreal comedy andtransformative power of the inmates’ tales, until the only question that remains is how much power can the imagination really have when hope is slowly fading….

This remarkable tale is exceptionally told by two of today’s very best storytellers – Clare Muireann Murphy, bursting with wit and dynamic physicality and Daniel Morden, renowned for his passionate, world-class performances.

Encounter the deadly reality of the camp alongside the beauty and richness of countless other worlds, as this weaving together of finely crafted stories demonstrates the extraordinary power of words to shape and change reality.

The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos is brought to you by Adverse Camber productions, one of the UK’s most celebrated storytelling companies. Generating an overwhelming audience response, this show creates an uplifting and powerful shared experience as you witness the making of a legend.


1 hour 45 mins in total including interval

12+ There is no explicit content in the show, however the main backdrop for the performance is a concentration camp which some may obviously find distressing

Artist Bio

Clare Muireann Murphy is known for her linguistic dexterity and dedication to her craft. A must-see at UK storytelling festivals, Clare is very much in demand internationally, telling myths from her native Ireland and adventurous solo pieces which blend traditional stories with contemporary experience, ‘The King of Lies’ about the Syrian conflict and ‘UniVerse’ where quantum physics, mythology and philosophy meet.

Daniel Morden is one of the UK’s most popular and well-loved storytellers as well as a prize winning writer for children. His broad and diverse repertoire includes award winning epics such as The Odyssey and The Iliad with Hugh Lupton, evocative music and storytelling performances with The Devil’s Violin and a rich repertoire of solo work, particularly drawing on Celtic and Greek mythology.


Standard: £12

Concessions: £10

Tickets & Times

  • We all love to listen to stories whatever our age and when you get a master of the craft… you are carried away on the wings of imagination to worlds where anything can happen
    WhatsOnStage on Daniel Morden

  • Murphy’s comfortable charm and wit sparkled around the room, illuminating the darkest corners of her tales