The essence of all cinema, theatre and literature is a gripping tale well told. Using live music and spoken word The Devil’s Violin return us to that essence.


The Devil’s Violin was formed in 2006 by master storyteller Daniel Morden (the 2017 recipient of the Hay Festival Medal for contributions to storytelling), composer / cellist Sarah Moody (credits with Kneehigh and Travelling Light), and co-composer / violinist Oliver Wilson-Dickson (ALAW, Mabon).

The companies’ previous work includes The Forbidden Door (2014–16), A Love Like Salt (2012–13), Singing Bones (2009–11), The Devil’s Violin (2006–09).

The Devil’s Violin has performed across the UK in venues such as the Bristol Old Vic, the Barbican Centre, the Sage Gateshead, Theatr Clwyd and the Hay Festival.


The company has been variously described as:

“An endlessly refined mixture of grief, anger, joy, love and obsession.” (Oxford Theatre Review)

“One of the most singularly captivating and compelling live acts you could ever wish to be trapped in a dark room with.” (Crack Magazine)

“An enchantment, a work… which recognizes with the power of voice and the power of music, that there is magic everywhere.” (TLS)


Spellbinding storytellers perform their kaleidoscopic fairytale

A young prince falls endlessly down through the darkness.

In a field of giant poppies, a beautiful old woman is trapped in a cottage nestled in a huge claw.

Saddled horses stand frozen in a dripping grey landscape, their missing riders lost to The Land of No Return.

Daniel Morden’s mesmeric tales of hope are accompanied by the exquisite strings of Oliver Wilson-Dickson and Sarah Moody.

Generously supported by the Arts Council England Lottery Fund and the Arts Council of Wales.

Watch the trailer for STOLEN here:

STOLEN Trailer


Oct-03 The Place, Bedford
Oct-05 Victoria Hall, Llanwrtyd Wells 01591 610487
Oct-06 Neuadd Dyfi, Aberdyfi
Oct-07 Tithe Barn, Nailsea
Nov-15 Llanddewi Skirrid Village Hall 01873 852744 / 01873 851882
Nov-22 Wiveliscombe School
Nov-29 Soar Centre, Penygraig
Dec-07 Barnacle Village Hall
Dec-08 The Willoughby Society
Dec-09 Newton Village Hall