Written by Brian Kremer
From ten minutes before the story began, she never broke character. Patiently, deliberately polishing the vase she held on her lap, Dolores Hydock had me before she even stood up. The following 45 minutes were an enthralling journey through the lives of Egalmore and Cristobel. The story was part Disney, part Game of Thrones, and wholly original and engrossing.
This was my first experience with seeing a professional storyteller. I had no idea what to expect. As the story began and Hydock slowly paced the stage, my mind’s eye became completely hers. I could see the characters on the stage around her. Her story was filled with humor and sadness, tension and release. As the evening came to a close, I immediately turned to the guest I had brought with me and could tell simply by his facial expression that he agreed – Hydock was awesome and there was an entire art form that we didn’t realize existed.
I was truly fortunate to get to spend an evening in Hydock’s world. This being my first exposure to a professional teller and her art, I am thrilled to get to experience additional stories and tellers in the near future, and can’t wait for the next one.