Trickster Truths and a Tale of Two Brothers and the Dance for Joy
A theatrical entertainment with song and dance and a sacred ritual of purification.
Tim Dalling, former kilted fall guy from the New Rope String Band, tells autobiographical tales of brotherhood alongside myths of Coyote, the creative master of thoughtless self-destruction and crazy rebirth.
Ghosts are healed with songs and laughter.
Tim Dalling was born and raised in Ayr, grandson of Thomas Howie Dalling who started the tobacconist shop in Burns Statue Square. The shop is still open and proudly bearing the Dalling name. Tim's dad, Thomas Howie jr, took on the shop but also had a love of amateur dramatics and was a director and writer for the Ayr Fort Players where he met young actress Eileen King. They were married and had three children, Quintin, Kate and Tim.
After four years studying sculpture at Glasgow School of Art, Tim tapped into the theatre genes given to him by his mum and dad and became an itinerant actor and musician, busking on the streets of Europe and then working with Kneehigh Theatre. Over the years he has toured the world with comedy folk trio The New Rope String Band (performing at festivals such as Celtic Connections and Shetland Folk Festival). More recently he has returned to theatre. Last year he was in the West End production of La Strada (based on the Fellini film). He recently appeared as Father Christmas in West Yorkshire Playhouse's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
He has always created extra solo projects and, this latest, Aye, Coyote! tells the story of his relationship with his older brother, Quintin. It incorporates stories of Ayr and Glasgow School of Art but seen through the strange and joyful lens of Native American trickster hero Coyote.
"'Aye Coyote!' was absolutely stunning - the hall was full to capacity, people were completely absorbed by this beautiful, emotional piece of thatre... it was definitely a highlight of the festival."
Rachael Clarke, Director of Priddy Folk Festival