For specific information about having Tim Ralphs’ shows or to have him work with your organisation, contact him directly tim.ralphs@gmail.com

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Rebranding Beelzebub – storytelling show

Image by Natalie Bogolyubova

Description
Tim Ralphs shines a spotlight on Him Downstairs in a show shaped by razor wit, diabolical horror, absurd confessions and humour fit for the unholy ghost. Rebranding Beelzebub takes Tim’s innovative re-imaginings of traditional tales to another level as he exhumes the bones of old Devil stories and stitches them a new skin. This grand collection spans supermarket stalls, urban sprawls, mad drunken preachers and widow’s sons. Darkly humorous with disturbing turns and a distinct whiff of sulphur.

Details and requirements
A single set of one hour featuring several short traditional stories within an original frame. There are no formal staging requirements and Tim Ralphs will supply lighting cues if the venue uses stage lighting. This show has publicity support in the form of flyer templates. Merchandise relating to the show is available and Tim Ralphs asks for a dedicated area to be made available where he can make sales after the performance.

Suitable for ages 12 and over due to adult themes.

This show is available for £250 plus expenses. Tim Ralphs is an advocate of storytelling for adults and the club network and this price is negotiable.

“Devilishly clever.” Fergus Evans. Audience Member, Festival of Fairytales at The Bargehouse December 2013

From the Odd – storytelling show

Image by Natalie Bogolyubova

Description
From the odd is Tim Ralphs’ spectacular re-imagining of some of the most familiar material in myth, folktale and playground nursery rhyme – treated with reverence, love and a welding iron. The resultant panoply of resonant images includes Orpheus’ Lyre, the Devil playing scrabble, stars, sheds, skips and jocular cannibals. Let Tim take you to the edge, and bring you back from the odd.

Details and requirements
A single set of one hour featuring several short stories within a simple frame. The stories are associated with objects that are pulled from a bag by listeners. This necessitates a degree of direct audience interaction. The show requires on-stage power if being told in a “black box” theatre venue.

Suitable for ages 14 and over due to adult themes.

This show is not currently touring. Consider booking the more current performance Rebranding Beelzebub.

“The Torriano Meeting House created the perfect setting for Tim Ralphs’ quirky, humorous style and skillful crafting of stories. A literary magician, unveiling tales from a bin bag. Thank you Tim, for feeding our imaginations to bursting and taking us out of the ordinary, into the ODD. Hope to see Tim back performing in London, in the near future.” Jane Louise Ward. Audience Member, StoryNight at Torriano May 2010

The Queen of Claywood Flats – storytelling show

Image by Graham Langley

Description
“A block of flats is about to be pulled down. Death stalks the concrete steps, dragons coil on mildewed mattresses, a knarl of knitters complete an ancient conspiracy and in a damp basement the Queen of Claywood Flats convenes her last court. Listen as six plaintiffs are dragged before the ragged Queen to tell their stories; all debts must be settled before the night is through!” One of Tim Ralphs’ most popular shows, this is a collection of traditional stories that have been adapted and reimagined to take place in an urban setting.

Details and requirements
Two halves of 45 minutes containing several shorter and interwoven stories, with interval between. There are no formal staging requirements for this piece and it is very flexible. Consider booking this show alongside Tim Ralphs’ day long workshop on re-imagining fairytales in urban settings, “Beneath an orange neon moon.”

Suitable for ages 14 and over due to adult themes and complex narrative structure.

This show is available for £300 plus expenses. Tim Ralphs is an advocate of storytelling for adults and the club network and this price is negotiable.

“Chaucer, Gaiman and Grimm poured into a silicon chip… the images burn themselves into your memory…” Helen Frances, Flying Donkeys

“A work of pure and utter genius.” Mai Lin Li, Stories from The Tree of Life