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/Special 4th Grade Version

Performance Date: 11-27-2018 @ 12:00am

Location: Old Greenwich School, Old Greenwich CT

Odds Bodkin returns to Old Greenwich School in CT to perform THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST in a special edition of the tale for 4th Graders.

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL In Dickens’ Words

Performance Date: 12-05-2018 @ 7pm

Location: Colby Memorial Library, Danville NH

With expressive character voices for Scrooge, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, and many others, Odds Bodkin reads his one-hour version of Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. Drawn from Dickens’ novella, all the words in this performance are those of the great British author.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Date: 12-07-2018 @ 08:35am

Location: Shady Hill School, Cambridge MA

Odds Bodkin visits Shady Hill School in Cambridge MA to perform GOLDEN RULE: WORLD STORIES ABOUT EMPATHY to students grades K-4. Odds follows up his three tales with intriguing ethical questions for the audience.

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THE WINTER CHERRIES: Holiday Tales from Around the World

Performance Date: 12-08-2018 @ 1pm

Location: J and F Farms Derry New Hampshire

Odds Bodkin tells THE WINTER CHERRIES: Holiday Tales from Around the World at J and F Farms in Derry, NH on December 8th at 1:00 p.m. Music-filled stories for the whole family come to life with characters, narration and music. Appropriate for all ages.

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ODIN AND THOR BATTLE THE FROST GIANTS/Adult Storytelling in Cambridge

Performance Date: 01-06-2019 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

Two epic Viking myths wrapped in little-known lore (Thursday is Thor’s Day; Wednesday is Wotan’s Day) told by Master Storyteller and Musician Odds Bodkin. First, a tale of magic and illusion as Thor and Loki journey to Utgard, capital city of their enemies, the Frost Giants. Then, the Mead of Poetry, the long tale of Odin’s search for the blood of his best friend who’s been murdered, his blood brewed into a wisdom-bestowing elixir. Told with 12-string guitar scores and Celtic harp musings, with character voices and vocal effects.

An adult storytelling performance.

Feast on Viking foodstuffs and strong spirits served by the staff at Grendel’s Den on Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA.

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THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST and Bronze Age Greek Lore

Performance Date: 01-13-2019 @ 4pm

Location: Wapping Community Church, South Windsor CT

Odds Bodkin’s Odyssey in South Windsor CT January 2019

THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST and Bronze Age Greek Lore features Odds Bodkin’s 70-minute epic introduction to Homer’s The Odyssey, told in storyteller’s style with music on 12-string guitar. In addition, as he plays Celtic harp, Odds will explore Bronze Age Greek lore: Greek mythology and its origins plus how Singers of Tales like Homer were the cinema of the day.

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BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE at The Riverwalk Music Bar

Performance Date: 01-18-2019 @ 8pm

Location: Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar, Nashua NH

Odds Bodkin returns to the Riverwalk Music Bar in Nashua, NH for a Friday night performance of his blockbuster story, BEOWULF: The Only One. With an introduction to the 90-minute epic on Celtic harp, and the tale itself accompanied on 12-string guitar, Bodkin’s version of the oldest piece of literature in English tells the chilling, action-packed tale of the Viking hero, Beowulf. Humorous in places, grisly in others, the telling features character voices for Beowulf, Grendel the Beast, Grendel’s Mother, King Hrothgar of the Danes, Unferth the Doubter, Wyglaf the Thane, and others. Based on the original tale by an author lost to the mysteries of time.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Date: 02-01-2019 @ 09:45am

Location: Potter Road Elementary School, Framingham MA

Odds Bodkin visits Potter Road Elementary School in Framingham MA for a performance of GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for Grade 2. The 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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WORLDS APART: TALES FOR LOVERS for Valentines’ Day/Adult Storytelling at Grendel’s Den

Performance Date: 02-10-2019 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

For Valentine’s Day, master storyteller and musician Odds Bodkin tells two long love tales. First, The Crane Wife from ancient Japan, performed with Celtic harp. Adapted from Bodkin’s beloved picture book, this story explores love, trust and magic in a relationship. Next, on 12-string guitar, Bodkin performs The Dame Ragnell, a 14th century Arthurian tale centuries ahead of its time. The story asks the eternal question, “What does a woman desire most?”

Find a table, order up a special Valentine’s Day meal, and settle in for an evening of gorgeous storytelling.

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BEOWULF: The Only One—Adult Storytelling at Grendel’s Den

Performance Date: 03-03-2019 @ 5pm

Location: Grendel's Den, Cambridge MA

Odds Bodkin visits 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 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.

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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Dates: 03-05-2019 @ 08:30am, 03-05-2019 @ 09:30am, 03-05-2019 @ 10:30am

Location: Bresnahan Elementary School, Newburyport MA

Odds Bodkin visits Bresnahan Elementary School in Newburyport MA for three performances of GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for K-3 students. 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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GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy

Performance Dates: 04-03-2019 @ 09:00am, 04-03-2019 @ 10:00am

Location: Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School, Hillsboro NH

Odds Bodkin visits Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School in Hillsboro NH for two performances of GOLDEN RULE: World Stories About Empathy for Grades K-2 and 3-5. 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: Belly of the Beast

Performance Date: 04-05-2019 @ 09:00am

Location: Laconia Middle School, Laconia NH

Odds Bodkin visits Laconia Middle School in New Hampshire to perform The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast for a middle school audience. With a full score on 12-string guitar and numerous character voices and vocal effects, Odds’ version recounts the Sack of Troy, the Battle at Ismaros, The Great Storm, The Lotus Eaters and lastly, The Cave of the Cyclops.

Generously underwritten by The Putnam Fund with the good offices of Charles Bradley.

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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!