Every Olympian has their tree, a timber to call them patron, and for Zeus, king of gods, there could be no other than the oak, king of forests, to pay him fealty. Every oak was his charge, but one in particular bore the Cloud-Gatherer’s interests: the acorn he had planted in Dodona for his dear […]Read more "Gaia’s Great Oak at Dodona"
For who could ever be sufficient a herald, unless he have lungs like those of the mighty Stentor himself! – Aristotle, Politics, Chap. VII. 1326b We’re very excited to announce that the Ancient Rome Refocused podcast episode all about Helicon Storytelling and our debut show, The Battle of Frogs and Mice, is now live! It’s […]Read more "Ancient Rome Refocused Podcast Released!"
In February half term 2021, we teamed up with our friends over at Megabyte Club to provide online Minecraft sessions focused around Greek Mythology. On Monday we looked at the Olympian Gods and Hayley told the kids the story of Kronos swallowing his children whole to ensure none of them would overthrow him (don’t worry, […]Read more "Megabyte Club Minecraft Collaboration"
“Odysseus’ tale was finished. Held in the spell of his words they all remained still and silent throughout the shadowy hall.” Homer, Odyssey 13.001 It can sometimes be hard to imagine what ancient people were like just from pot shards and crumbling columns. But their stories have been told and retold, surviving the ravages of […]Read more "Homer & Storytelling"
“Among all men upon the earth, storytellers win honor and reverence for the Muses have taught them the paths of song and love the tribe of storytellers.” – Homer, Odyssey, Book IX We are very excited to announce that we have teamed up with the brilliant Rob Cain for an episode of his wonderful podcast, […]Read more "Ancient Rome Refocused"
The winter months are coming to a close and you might have noticed your cheese has gone missing. Maybe the edges of your clothes are looking a bit gnawed. Maybe you’ve been down to the pond and noticed a plop out the corner of your eye. It’s cause the Frogs and Mice are back! Boom […]Read more "The Frogs & Mice Are Back!"
It’s 2019! It’s been a little quiet lately (blame our founders for disappearing to the other side of the world for all of December…!) so we thought we’d interrupt your social media stream of “new year new me” to give you an update on what we’re up to at Helicon HQ. We’ve been on a […]Read more "New Year!"
“He took the lyre upon his left arm and tried each string in turn with the key, so that at his touch it sounded awesomely. And Phoebus Apollo laughed for joy; for the sweet throb of the marvellous music went to his heart, and a soft longing took hold on his soul as he listened. […]Read more "Music Week (or A Complete Guide To Throat Singing)"
“Death in ten thousand shapes hangs ever over our heads, and no man can elude him; therefore, let us go forward and either win glory for ourselves, or yield it to another.” – Sarpedon, Iliad, 12.310-28 We’re back to classical concepts this week, with another cast favourite. This week is all about glory, or Kleos as […]Read more "Read me. Win Kleos"
“Access is a basic right and requirement, a continually evolving methodology that enhances the theatrical and professional landscape; accessibility enables theatre practitioners and audiences to create, engage with and enjoy our work.” – Graeae Theatre Company When we founded Helicon Storytelling, our mission statement included a commitment that stories are for everyone and storytelling should […]Read more "Accessibility Week!"