On a trip to Kolkata, storyteller Emily Hennessey became intrigued by the origins of the Hindu goddess, Kali. Her show takes you on a white-knuckled tuc-tuc ride through sun-kissed palaces, fiend-infested forests and every cacophonous saffron-scented marketplace in between, with Sheema Mukherjee setting the scene with her some exquisite sitar playing.

Kali is being presented as part of the ArtsAlive@Home programme of online events. They are asking audiences to enjoy the show from home, by collectively watching it online on Thursday 4th June at 2:30pm. After the show, the audience can log in to a post show live chat with Emily Hennessey and musician Sheema Mukherjee. The arts initiative is designed to provide cultural experiences to communities in Shropshire and Herefordshire whilst theatres and performance spaces remain closed.

Emily Hennessey has performed at the British Museum, Soho Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Opera House, Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival and Delhi Storytelling Festival, captivating audiences with her stories, myths, epics, folktales and wondertales from around the world. She describes Hindu mythology as, “Illuminating a mind-blowing world of radical transformations, from demure housewife to bloodthirsty goddess, gurgling infant to elephant man, meditating sage to cosmic fire-eater.”

She adds, “Kali is one of the wildest shape-shifters of all. Demon-slayer, lifesaver, supreme-mother, destruction-dancer – this goddess is truly awesome. When an evil power spreads its clawed hands across the world, Kali’s time has come. So sit back, enjoy a matinee performance from the comfort of your home, and join us for a chat after the show!”

Kali is suitable for ages fourteen and over. To watch the show visit www.artsalive.co.uk, select the Kali event and follow the link to the pre-recorded show. Email cerin@artsalive.co.uk to receive a private link to the live conversation after the performance.