literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature

The Onion and Other Stranger Tales

Part of London Literature Festival

We invite you to take a seat, eat cake, drink tea and feast on the stories of strangers in this new work-in-progress. Join us for an intimate storytelling experience, travelling from Siberia to the streets of London, and hear The Onion and Other Stranger Tales never told before.

The Onion and Other Stranger Tales has been created by theatre maker Stella Barnes, in collaboration with a small team of artists and members of the public in West Yorkshire and London. Stella met with friends, family and people she did not know, who shared extraordinary stories about their encounters with strangers. Through conversation, they shaped and wrote their stories, becoming authors of their own life experience.

The Onion and Other Stranger Tales is part of Stella’s ongoing work with the notion of hospitality and how it relates to arts practice and attitudes to migration. The word ‘hospitality’ has its roots in the word ‘host’, which has two origins: the Latin for ‘stranger’ or ‘enemy’, and conversely, ‘guest’. This piece explores complex and sometimes conflicting perceptions, and offers audiences an experience of art as an act of hospitality.

This project was developed in partnership with Counterpoints Arts, Southbank Centre and idle women, and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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Royal Festival Hall
Sunley Pavilion, Level 3


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Suitables for ages 12+