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The Four Chambers of the Heart

Thursday 12th February - Thursday 12th February

Image: Claire Murphy

Key facts


19.00 – 20.00


£10, £8

Or book with The Ruined House of Skin for £16 (call the Box Office quoting ‘storytelling deal’)


Tickets can be booked at our Tickets Oxford page, or by phoning the ticket hotline at 01865 305305.

On the day of the event, tickets will only be available at The Story Museum. Our office number is 01865 790050 – but please be aware that the office is not regularly manned at weekends.

Want more storytelling?

Try The Ruined House of Skin, 5 March.

About the event

Fiery lovers, polyamorous marriages… this is not your regular take on romance! International storytellers Tim Ralphs and Clare Muireann Murphy will perform their strange, flirtatious and beautiful love stories from around the world, in this alternative Valentine’s Day celebration.


Image: Claire Murphy

About Claire

Clare Muireann Murphy is one of a new generation of performance storytellers. Part Irish, part American, she has lived in both countries, as well as in Spain, and is now based in London. A popular performer at European storytelling festivals, she has performed stories in more than 20 countries and in both English & Spanish Her repertoire extends from her beloved Irish mythology to a wealth of short stories from world folklore, anecdotes, fables, death stories, personal tales and original stories. Her storytelling performances are physical and passionate, and she is blessed with an inherently delightful personality that befriends all and sundry. Clare has performed at the Globe, Barbican, Soho Theatre and the Bargehouse Festival for the Crick Crack Club in London, as well as at numerous storytelling clubs, and both Beyond the Border Festival & Festival at the Edge. In 2013 Clare was Storyteller in Residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture.

Image: Tim Ralphs

About Tim

An award winning young storyteller in 2007, Tim’s performance style is energetic and his composition knows no bounds. Striving always to innovate, his work draws on our international narrative inheritance, literature, the ever-changing cityscape of his home, fairytale, myth and legend. His performances merge the contemporary with the ancient with enviable integrity and a touch of genius. Whether in conversation with refugees, appearing live at international festivals across Europe or using the internet to reach across continents, Tim has a glint in his eye and a skill to entrance and entertain. He also sings…and plays the ukulele

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