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Lao Tzu

The Fairy in the Wood – the Role of Theatre in Druidry

June 12th, 2009

When we think of creativity in Druidry, our minds automatically turn to the Bardic tradition – to images of poets and story-tellers, and musicians around the fire. But theatre is of course there too. When Stephanie and I sat at the LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) award ceremony last month when our daughter Sophia was graduating from a foundation course there, Peter James, the Principal, stood up and gave a short speech about the actor-as-storyteller and I had this sudden realisation that our daughter was from this perspective graduating as a Bard that evening.

Then in Germany I worked with experienced Druid group leaders who specialise in working with drama: first with Reinhard and Malou Winkler who combine their knowledge of Gestalt, bodywork, mime and mask-making in a way that creates powerful transformation. And then with Volkert Volkmann, whose OBOD group the Nemeton Dearraich uses theatre in Druid ceremonies to create incredibly evocative moments.

Here is a photograph taken at the moment a fairy appeared in our circle in the forest. She had been hiding in the trees and was about 9 foot tall – it was an utterly magical moment!


A New Documentary on the Druids

June 12th, 2009

The Holistic TV Channel has just produced a new documentary on the Druids which they hope will be screened on television. Meanwhile its trailer is up on Youtube, and I’ll paste it in here. Lots of friends are in here: Robald Hutton, Emma Restall Orr, Afric, Celtic Chris, and more and the music is by Damh the Bard. My only caution would be to note for those who are more contemplative and less attracted to ritual that Druidry doesn’t necessarily involve being robed and engaging in group ceremonies. Some Druids prefer attuning to Nature and the Great Mystery by themselves or in simple group celebrations that don’t necessarily involve ritual or robes.

As soon as I hear when it will be broadcast from Holistic TV I’ll let you know!