A Storytelling Evening: The Cult of Water

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Thu 22Sep

Story, Ritual & Myth

Facilitator: David Bramwell

The cult of Water is David Bramwell’s candle-lit dream-like journey in search of the secrets of our waterways, unearthing the stories, histories, rituals and myths that surround our rivers.

Event time: Thu 22nd Sep 2022 at 7:00pm - Thu 22nd Sep 2022 at 9:00pm

Combining music, animation and film with a captivating monologue, David Bramwell takes you on a candle-lit, dream-like journey in search of the secrets of our waterways, and a drowned village that has long haunted his memories.

The Evening

Join us for:

  • A candlelit spoken word performance with archive film, music, animation and ritual

  • An exploration of the symbolic power of water

  • An autobiographical psychogeographical adventure

“A touching two-acter that never loses momentum or interest. Intelligent, witty, literary and well observed, the time flew. A five star show to watch more than once.”


The Story

Sharing the context:

From Doncaster (where he grew up) Bramwell travels up the river Don and back in time, through the ladybird plague and drought of 1976 to the heavily polluted Don of Sheffield’s steel industry, up into the Pennines and back into a pre-Christian era when rivers and springs were worshipped as living deities.

Along the journey he battles with his own thalassophobia (the fear of ‘what lurks beneath’); learns about hydromancy from magician Alan Moore, discovers a unique forest of figs growing on the banks of the Don and encounters Jarvis Cocker on his own adventures, sailing down the Don on an inflatable inner tube.

His journey finally brings him face to face with the goddess of primordial waters, Danu, who gave her name to the Don.

While using the Don as the focal point for a psychogeographical journey, at heart this is a meditation on the symbolic power of rivers and inland waterways and the profound ways in which they affect our sense of well-being.

Learn more about the monologist, author & actor Dr Bramwell

Listen to Bramwell's podcast, "Waterfront".


“A remarkable storyteller ”
— Radio Times
“Frankly Genius ”
— The Guardian

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David Bramwell

David Bramwell is a Sony-Award winning presenter for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, having made programmes on subjects ranging from public speaking to the time travelling community of Damanhur. He has won awards for ‘outstanding theatre’ and ‘best comedy’ for his one-man shows and is the author of The Haunted Moustache, The No9 Bus to Utopia and The Odditorium.

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“Bramwell’s search for the story behind his artefact takes the audience on a colourful tour around Britain that is never patronising or of guilty giving too much away. When narrating his wild experiences Bramwell has the control of a competent ringmaster. Quite excellent."

“A remarkable storyteller.”
- Radio Times

"Frankly Genius.”
- The Guardian

"An extraordinary thing" - Mark Radcliffe BBC 6Music

"The Cult of Water is a powerful and effective piece of multimedia performance about a personal quest for the spirit of the Yorkshire River Don, combining music, old and new photographs and film, and a hauntingly poetic spoken commentary. It is the kind of experience which provokes in an audience a moment of profound silence, followed by a standing ovation." -
Professor Ronald Hutton

"Bramwell clearly has an eye for the oddball and arcane." -
The Guardian