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 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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BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE Adult Storytelling at Grendel’s Den

Performance Date: 01-12-2020 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

Back by popular demand, Odds Bodkin returns to Grendel’s Den in Cambridge MA to perform BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE, his feature-length musical telling of Beowulf. Characters, vocal effects and a full score on 12-string guitar animate this ancient tale of heroism and gratitude. Voices for Beowulf, Grendel, Grendel’s Mother, King Hrothgar and many others along with haunting motifs on 12-string guitar blend into a compelling and vivid imaginative experience. Bodkin’s telling is based closely on the original Beowulf manuscript, the earliest known piece of literature in English.
Come feast on specially-prepared Viking foods and drinks, then settle in for lore on Celtic harp and then the long tale.

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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 it 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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THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST Adult Storytelling at Grendel’s Den

Performance Date: 02-09-2020 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

Odds Bodkin returns to Grendel’s Den on Harvard Square in Cambridge MA to perform THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST. This feature-length evening of adult storytelling features ancient Greek lore explained as Odds plays Celtic harp, and then the tale itself accompanied with 12-string guitar. Told in modern English with character voices and vocal effects, this is one of Odds Bodkin’s most beloved performances, a favorite among university and adult audiences. From the Walls of Troy to the Cave of the Cyclops. Feast on traditional Greek cuisine, and then settle in for some high-end imagination entertainment.

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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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ODIN AND THOR BATTLE THE FROST GIANTS: Adult Storytelling at Grendel’s Den

Performance Date: 03-08-2020 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

Odds Bodkin returns to Grendel’s Den on Harvard Square to perform ODIN AND THOR BATTLE THE FROST GIANTS, his evening of Viking lore told with Celtic harp followed by two Viking myths, THOR’S JOURNEY TO UTGARD and THE MEAD OF POETRY. Each long tale is scored with a different 12-string guitar. Voices for Thor, Loki and Odin, along with a host of giants, dwarves and other curious characters bring these Norse myths to life. At times humorous, at times horrific, these stories are some of Odds’ best.

Come feast on Viking food and drink, and then settle in for a evening of the Mind’s Eye.

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SEASON FINALE AT GRENDEL’S DEN: Fans Vote for the Show/FALL OF THE TITANS, INDIA’S ANCIENTS, HEARTPOUNDERS HORROR TALES or HERCULES IN HELL

Performance Date: 03-29-2020 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

Vote your choice on Eventbrite when purchasing tickets for Odds’ other Grendel’s Den 2020 performances! Voting ends March 15, 2020. Choose either FALL OF THE TITANS: THE MYTH OF GAIA, INDIA’S ANCIENTS: TALES FROM THE MAHABHARATA AND BEYOND, HEARTPOUNDERS: HORROR TALES or HERCULES IN HELL. All full evenings of adult storytelling entertainment with music.

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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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HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY BULLY Middle School Performance w/ Q&A

Performance Date: 04-20-2020 @ 09:00am

Location: Merrimack Middle School, Merrimack NH

Odds Bodkin visits Merrimack Middle School in Merrimack, NH to perform his hour-long tale of the legendary Greek hero, Hercules. Told with thunderous 12-string guitar and character voices, the tale explores the genuine myth of a troubled young Hercules and the violent adult he becomes, a hero who learns compassion only after completing his Twelve Labors.

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GOLDEN RULE 1-DAY RESIDENCY/Performances and Workshops

Performance Date: 04-21-2020 @ 09:00am

Location: Thorntons Ferry School, Merrimack NH

Odds Bodkin visits Thorntons Ferry School in Merrimack, New Hampshire for a GOLDEN RULE 1-Day Residency. Students experience a music-filled performance of world stories about empathy, and then meet with Odds for fun, in-depth workshops that explore the ethics at work in the stories. A PreK-4th grade program.

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GOLDEN RULE 1-DAY RESIDENCY/Performances and Workshops

Performance Date: 04-22-2020 @ 09:00am

Location: Reeds Ferry School, Merrimack NH

Odds Bodkin visits Reeds Ferry School in Merrimack, New Hampshire for a GOLDEN RULE 1-Day Residency. Students experience a music-filled performance of world stories about empathy, and then meet with Odds for fun, in-depth workshops that explore the ethics at work in the stories. A PreK-4th grade program.

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GOLDEN RULE 1-DAY RESIDENCY/Performances and Workshops

Performance Date: 04-23-2020 @ 09:00am

Location: Mastricola Uppper Elementary School

Odds Bodkin visits Mastricola Upper Elementary School in Merrimack, New Hampshire for a GOLDEN RULE 1-Day Residency. 5th-6th grade students experience a music-filled performance of world stories about empathy, and then meet with Odds for fun, in-depth workshops that explore the ethics at work in the stories. An upper grades GOLDEN RULE experience.

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GOLDEN RULE 1-DAY RESIDENCY/Performances and Workshops

Performance Date: 04-24-2020 @ 09:00am

Location: Mastricola Elementary School

Odds Bodkin visits Mastricola Elementary School in Merrimack, New Hampshire for a GOLDEN RULE 1-Day Residency. Students experience a music-filled performance of world stories about empathy, and then meet with Odds for fun, in-depth workshops that explore the ethics at work in the stories. A PreK-4th grade program.

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DANIKA THE ROSE with Jazimina MacNeil, Sarah Shafer and Jonathan Ware for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Performance Date: 02-21-2021 @ 3pm

Location: Benjamin Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia PA

With mezzo soprano Jazimina MacNeil, soprano Sarah Shafer and pianist Jonathan Ware, Odds Bodkin visits Philadelphia to perform DANIKA THE ROSE, his original adult fairy tale set to Antonin Dvorak’s Moravian Duets.

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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!