Performance Calendar

Interested in seeing Odds Bodkin perform live? The following is a list of upcoming performances - hope to see you in the crowd!

THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST on YouTube Live Jan. 30 at 7 pm EST–Rescheduled from Jan. 16

Performance Date: 01-30-2022 @ 7pm

Location: YouTube

Dawn light shines dimly through the slats of the Trojan Horse as Odysseus reflects on his ten wasted years fighting at Troy. He misses his wife and son, not to mention the fallen heroes of The Iliad. If this trick works, however, the Trojans themselves will pull him and his squad of men into the walled city. The war will end, and he’ll be able to go home. Little does he know, the Fates won’t let him free so easily. He’s about to embark upon the ten-year journey that bears his name.

So begins Odds Bodkin’s 70-minute tour de force telling of Homer’s classic tale. The language is modern, the full score on 12-string guitar works like movie music, and characters come to life with dramatic voices. Odysseus, his men, the Lotus Eaters, and eventually, the deadly Cyclops roaring in his cave.

Odds Bodkin has performed this tale Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center, at Harvard, Dartmouth, yearly at Loyola, in Great Britain and before live adult audiences in Cambridge, MA. Join him for his special brand of cinematic storytelling during this YouTube Live broadcast, hosted by Six Feet Apart Productions.

“a consummate storyteller” – The New York Times
“a modern-day Orpheus” – Billboard

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VOYAGE OF THE WAISTGOLD: A World Premier Storytelling Event at Grendel’s Den

Performance Date: 02-27-2022 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

Odds Bodkin premiers his original epic fantasy tale in verse.

Meet Captain Phineas Krull, a murderous, poison-loving pirate sojourning through a high fantasy world. He’s just stolen a bejeweled sail ship—The Waistgold—that he discovers cannot be sunk. Stranger still, it is held together by the invisible power of its gem-studded wood.

As Krull is sailing to kill the Fell Beast–an entity that holds two seas apart in a wide straits–mysterious Queen Ood suddenly arrives to claim the ship she’s built, the one he’s stolen. Astoundingly, she arrives in boats without sails. Instead, her fast boats are powered by mysterious forces. The technology fascinates Phineas Krull, as well as how, in the middle of the trackless sea, she’s chased him down.

In the clash of wills that follows, a poetic adventure reminiscent of Jonathan Swift’s ironic social commentaries unfolds.

Written and performed in pirate language, Voyage of the Waistgold is a 51-page epic poem told in Odds Bodkin’s pulsing verse. The poem contains violence, provocative ideas and sexual themes. Performed a cappella, this show is for adults only. If you’ve seen Odds Bodkin performances before, unlike his other tales, this one is performed without music. The music is carried by the verse. He will read from his original text.

Adult content. No children please.

The program lasts approximately 90 minutes with intermissions. Please do not plan to arrive after the performance has begun, as this is a live storytelling event that will be disrupted by late arrivals!

Venue will make an effort to seat parties together when possible. If you do not purchase all tickets for your party together, please email sayhi@grendelsden and inform us of all the names in the group that wish to sit together.

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BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE–Live Storytelling at Grendel’s Den

Performance Date: 03-20-2022 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

Join us at Grendel’s Den Restaurant & Bar for the most apropos selection in our series with Odds Bodkin. Master Storyteller and Musician, as he tells the Olde English epic that inspired our name!

Beowulf: The Only One, Odds Bodkin’s renowned epic tale, told with 12-string guitar music, is rugged, bloody and true to the original poem. Grateful to a Danish king for saving his father, a fearless Beowulf sails to Denmark to kill Grendel, a raiding demon. With Celtic harp extemporizations, Bodkin fills in the tale with some Viking history, including the Medieval Climate Optimum, even how Viking dragon ships were water-proofed.

The tale is told with an onging score on 12-string guitar, character voices, narration and sound effects.

Seating begins at 5pm for performance that begins at 5:30 PM.

The program lasts approximately 90 minutes with intermissions. Please do not plan to arrive after the performance has begun, as this is a live storytelling event that will be disrupted by late arrivals!

Venue will make an effort to seat parties together when possible. If you do not purchase all tickets for your party together, please email sayhi@grendelsden and inform us of all the names in the group that wish to sit together.

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STORYBLAST Family Concert

Performance Date: 07-03-2022 @ 5pm

Location: Brick Church, Harrisville NH

Odds Bodkin performs a STORYBLAST Family Concert as part of celebrations in Harrisville, New Hampshire.

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Welcome to the performance calendar – here you can find a list of upcoming shows or down at the bottom, you can use the form to request a performance of your own! Please let us know if you have any questions; we’re happy to help!

SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES

Odds Bodkin offers school assemblies for K-3, 4-6, middle and high school audiences, all with compelling age-appropriate stories. To incorporate Door to Imagination workshops for students and staff, invite him for a 1, 3 or 5 day residency.

MUSEUM PERFORMANCES

The Peabody-Essex Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Sackler Museum at Harvard, the Portland Art Museum and others have enhanced their exhibitions by inviting Mr. Bodkin to tell tales relevant to works on display. As a practicing mythologist, he tells tales from Japan, China, India, Tibet, ancient Greece, Italy, Russia, Scandinavia, Africa, Polynesia, South America, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ireland and England (Arthurian), not to mention Aesop’s Fables, American Tall Tales and ghost stories from New England.

THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES

Chautauqua in Boulder, CO, Lincoln Center Institute in New York, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State and others host Odds Bodkin shows for student groups and the public. From The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast to family StoryBlast! concerts where everybody sings together and brings down the house, Odds is a one-man show.

UNIVERSITY PERFORMANCES

Year after year, Loyola University Maryland hosts The Odyssey or The Iliad: Book I for Classics and Honors students. For seven years in a row, St. Anselm College brought in the entire freshman class for The Iliad: Book I, their first humanities lecture. UC Boulder invites Odds and Naturalist Martin Ogle to team up for StoryEarth, a storytelling and multimedia presentation that explores big questions. University of New Hampshire students invite him to perform his version of Beowulf. Wharton School of Business hires him to tell The Odyssey. All know that Mr. Bodkin can compel university audiences in a way they love. He has also performed at Syracuse, Wofford College, Dartmouth, Colorado College, Boston University, Ohio Dominican University, Emerson College in Great Britain and others.

CONTACT: Mil Bodkin, Booking Agent

Phone: (603) 938-5120 or use the form to the left!