Performance Calendar

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

FAIRY FOLKS AND OLD OAKS 2-DAY RESIDENCY: Write Your Own Fairy Tale

Performance Date: 11-21-2019 @ 08:00am

Location: Wentworth Elementary School, Scarborough ME

What makes a fairy tale? Well, for one thing, it has a happy ending. It’s also about leaving home and having adventures with animals who speak and magical people. In this residency, Odds Bodkin tells fairy tales in assemblies, and then teaches children how to write their own.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories about Empathy for Grades 1-2 and 3-4

Performance Date: 11-25-2019 @ 09:00am

Location: Bartlett Elementary School, Manchester NH

Odds Bodkin visits Bartlett Elementary School in Manchester, NH for two different performances of GOLDEN RULE: WORLD STORIES ABOUT EMPATHY. Each show features 3 stories with follow-up questions for the students.

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ODDS BODKIN’S MID-WINTER MIRACLES: Musical Tales for Christmas and Chanukah

Performance Date: 12-01-2019 @ 3pm

Location: The Burren Back Room, Somerville MA

Start off your Holiday Season with warm, exciting storytelling by Odds Bodkin. Your kids will love these musical tales, and you will, too. Told with 12-string guitars and Celtic harp, these folktales come from Old England, the Jewish Tradition and Old Germany. Told with character voices and song.

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MID-WINTER MIRACLES: Tales for Christmas and Chanukah

Performance Date: 12-06-2019 @ 6pm

Location: Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library Epping NH

With 12-string guitars and Celtic harp Odds Bodkin tells warm, loving stories for Christmas and Chanukah. This performance is suitable for all ages. Grab the kids and come to Harvey-Mitchell Library in Epping, NH on December 6th at 6 pm!

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THE WINTER CHERRIES: Holiday Tales from Around the World

Performance Date: 12-15-2019 @ 3pm

Location: Town Hall, Temple NH

With Celtic harp and 12-string guitars, Odds Bodkin tells Holiday stories from around the world with rich, live music. Appropriate for all ages, this hour-long show is supported by the Mansfield Public Library. Bring the kids!

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MID-WINTER MIRACLES: Tales of Christmas and Chanukah

Performance Date: 12-16-2019 @ 4pm

Location: Bridgewater-Hebron Village School, Bridgewater NH

With music on 12-string guitars and Celtic harp, Odds Bodkin tells heartwarming tales of love and giving for the Holidays.

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BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE

Performance Date: 01-11-2020 @ 8pm

Location: Cambridge MA

Odds Bodkin visits a private organization in Cambridge, MA for an adult performance of BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE.

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ODIN AND THOR BATTLE THE FROST GIANTS Adult Storytelling at Zinger’s, Milford NH

Performance Date: 01-17-2020 @ 7pm

Location: Zinger's, Milford NH

With live music, characters and vocal effects, Master Storyteller and Musician Odds Bodkin tells two epic Viking myths wrapped in little-known Viking lore (Did you know that Thursday is Thor’s Day and Wednesday is Wotan’s Day?).

First Odds offers background lore accompanied with Celtic harp. When did the Vikings travel and what was their mythic worldview? Why did they believe that Yggdrasil, the World Ash tree, held up the Nine Worlds of their cosmos? Learn how Viking travels during the Medieval Warm Period ended up naming Russia itself.

Then, accompanied by thunderous 12-string guitar, a tale of magic and illusion unfolds as Thor and Loki journey to Utgard, capital city of their enemies, the Frost Giants. At first they are confident, but all is not as it seems. A tale filled with both humor and adventure, with a stunning surprise ending.

After intermission, Odds offers more lore, and then performs The Mead of Poetry, the long tale of Odin’s search for the blood of his murdered best friend. Evil dwarves have brewed Kvasir’s blood into a wisdom-bestowing elixir, but already is has changed hands. Told with a haunting 12-string guitar score and wild sound effects, not to mention the voices of numerous giants, this story is filled with intrigue, seduction, betrayal and murder.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories about Empathy for 2nd Graders

Performance Date: 02-07-2020 @ 09:45am

Location: Potter Road School, Framingham MA

Odds Bodkin returns to Potter Road Elementary School in Framingham MA to perform GOLDEN RULE: WORLD STORIES ABOUT EMPATHY for an audience of 2nd graders. He follows up the 3 stories with intriguing ethical questions for the students.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy (K-2, 3-4)

Performance Date: 02-14-2020 @ 08:10am

Location: Cove Elementary School, Beverly MA

Odds Bodkin visits Cove Elementary School in Beverly MA for two performances of GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for Grades K-2 and 3-4. Each performance includes three stories with live music on African thumb piano, Celtic harp and 12-string guitar. After the three tales, he asks students intriguing ethical questions related to the tales they have just heard.

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THE ODYSSEY at Old Greenwich School

Performance Date: 03-02-2020 @ 09:30am

Location: Old Greenwich School, Greenwich CT

Odds Bodkin returns to Old Greenwich School in Greenwich, CT to perform THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST in a special 4th grade-appropriate version. Odds’ renowned telling from the Trojan Horse to the Cyclops’ Cave lasts an hour. Accompanied with 12-string guitar.

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THE ODYSSEY: Belly of the Beast

Performance Date: 03-05-2020 @ 10:00am

Location: Conant School, Acton MA

Odds Bodkin visits Conant School in Acton MA to perform THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST for 4-6 graders.

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Three-Day Residency at St. Francis School, Goshen Kentucky/Day 1

Performance Date: 04-06-2020 @ 08:00am

Location: St. Francis School, Goshen Kentucky

Odds Bodkin visits St. Francis School in Kentucky to perform GOLDEN RULE shows and conduct follow-up storytelling workshops in this 3-day residency.

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Three-Day Residency at St. Francis School, Goshen Kentucky/Day 2

Performance Date: 04-07-2020 @ 08:00am

Location: St. Francis School, Goshen Kentucky

Odds Bodkin visits St. Francis School in Kentucky to perform GOLDEN RULE shows and conduct follow-up storytelling workshops in this 3-day residency.

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Evening Performance at St. Francis School, Goshen Kentucky

Performance Date: 04-07-2020 @ 6pm

Location: St. Francis School, Goshen Kentucky

Odds Bodkin offers an evening of FAMILY STORYTELLING for the school community of St. Francis School in Goshen, Kentucky as part of his 3-day residency.

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Three-Day Residency at St. Francis School, Goshen Kentucky/Day 3

Performance Date: 04-08-2020 @ 08:00am

Location: St. Francis School, Goshen Kentucky

Odds Bodkin concludes his 3-Day Residency at St. Francis School in Goshen, Kentucky with Door to Imagination workshops for students.

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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!