On the 30th of May, High Bentham will see the world première of 3 new short stories by celebrated local actor and writer Tim Austin. Told to visitors in venues around the town as part of this year’s “Carnival Bentham”, the event marks a departure into straight storytelling that Tim has been planning for a long time.
“I’ve been writing for stage, page and audio for a while now,” explains Tim. “And much of my work has been short stories. I’ve already performed self-penned shadow theatre shows and even a monologue or two on a West End stage but this will be the first time I’ve written and performed a story without props or puppets – the purest kind of storytelling.”
Tim will be telling stories about life and fantastical events on the River Wenning, which runs beside and through High Bentham. The hubris of kings, magical creatures, an adventure in the undergrowth and the great Wenning Oak (a local landmark) will all feature.
The River itself provides the inspiration for this year’s Carnival Bentham; an event that’s now in it’s 4th year. Along with Tim’s storytelling trail, the carnival will include a vibrant mix of street entertainment, a street procession, live music and fun competitions for all.
“I’ve been involved in the Carnival every year since it started,” continues Tim. “It’s a great event! This is the first time I’ve been presenting my own work there and I’m really looking forward to it.”
As well as a busy Actor, Tim is a prolific writer, having penned many theatre plays and shadow shows for long-time collaborators Rough Magic Theatre. He is also a published short-story writer, with his “Christmas Tails” collection riding high in the Amazon book charts every December and another collection on the way later this year.
Tim will be performing on streets and inside shops around the town. Carnival Bentham takes place on Saturday the 30th of May. For more details on the event, please visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CARnivalBentham
(From a press release submitted to local newspapers)