Don’t open that door…The Devils Violin bring master story-telling to Ropery Hall

The very best stories seem to always start with a ‘don’t’ and master story-tellers, The Devils Violin, who are bringing The Forbidden Door, a collection of tales inspired by those who are told “don’t open that door” to Ropery Hall next month have some of the finest.

Master story-teller Dominic Kelly is accompanied by Oliver Wilson-Dickson on violin, Sarah Moody on cello and Dylan Fowler on guitar and together they weave a feeling of sitting around a campfire listening to stories of another world.  Through their words and music alone, they create realms of love, loss, drama, danger, humour and twists and turns that has hypnotised audiences on its tour, leaving them listening with bated breath.

From the Shining King and the Queen of the Moon, to the three princesses who are told not to open the forbidden door, to the story of the princely pig, this evening is not for children but for adults to experience the ancient art of story-telling at its most spellbinding.

The Forbidden Door is the latest event brought to the Ropery Hall by Northern Accent, the new literary project supported by Arts Council England that brings unexpected and enthralling work based around literature to venues in the Small Venues Network.

‘This really is going to be a magical, and different evening out,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.    “It will be a vivid combination of live music and storytelling by Devil’s Violin, who have been breathing new life into the ancient art of storytelling since 2006.”

“The Devil’s Violin is one of the very best British storytelling teams combining music and story in an evening that will take you away from where you are, paint pictures so that they dance in your mind’s eye, weave you in to other worlds and answer questions you have yet to ask. If you can, come and see them. It will be time well spent,” she went on.

“This is masterful, theatrical storytelling delivered with great feeling for the dramatic pause, the dark imagery evoking all shades of emotion from horror to joy, while the songs and stories continue to resonate deeply in the bones of the listener long afterwards,” Liz continued.

The Forbidden Door is at Ropery Hall on Friday 9th Oct.  Tickets cost £12 in advance or £14 on the door and can be bought online at, in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

Starting at 7.30pm the performance is suitable for those aged 12 years and


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