Strange Trees is now for sale as a book funded by the Arts Council. This book uses a series of classic narratives to form a dark urban fairytale, created by writer John Myatt, along side a series of commissioned text and artwork.
The book moves through the history of our performance night, Club Brenda, as several archetypal stories meet in the unique performance-experience space. Instead of Jack and the giant, we have Dirty Honky, turning vaudeville tricks for magic beans. Savage Wolf prowls through the ever-changing forest but isn’t quite the predator we expect, what with the girl in red being so keen to please. The same goes for Holly Gore’s Arcade (artist Rachel Goodyear), who some like to call the witch. And of course, we’ve got a Cinderella and the Ugli Sisters (resurrected and dusted down for one night only). Jayne Compton is the omnipresent narrator, ensuring Brenda brings out the best, or most different. While a tarot reader adds some narrative tension with the occasional fated revealing of plot. No one is what they seem. And in the strange forest of Club Brenda, through chance, games and journeys no one remains what they were.