I trained as an Actor at Manchester Metropolitan University over ten years ago. This last decade has given me the opportunity to explore the actors relationship with the audience. I increasingly want to work in a way where there is no boundary between myself the performer and the audience. I also wanted to make work instantly accessible and community focused. Story telling seemed like a natural path to take. I love the instant bond that I have with an audience and the simplistic nature of the story teller. I love the fact its portable and you can take it anywhere. I love the fact it is steeped deep in our history of humanity, much deeper then that of the written word. Story telling is a wonderful vessel of creating an equal platform for sharing and that is the world that I want to inhabit. One that is open, respectful and tolerant. So whether you are young or old or that place in between, whether you’re figuring out what you want to be when you grown up or if you’re living the dream and whether you can speak or hear or see, Storytelling is for you.
Grimm Tales: Ages 3-5
A series of 5 interactive fairy tales based on the stories by the brother’s Grimm. These stories get children up on the feet, singing songs and inhabiting the world that the Grimm brothers recorded on their travels through Germany. Stories include:
- Hansel and Gretel
- Little Red Riding Hood
- The Musicians of Bremen
- Snow White and Rose Red
- The Mouse, the Bird and the Sausage
Each story lasts 30 minutes and is suitable for around 15-20 children. I can also offer accompanying craft activities, and lesson plans to explore the stories further. This project is suitable for EYFS, private nurseries and children’s parties.
Tall Tales and Long Beards: Ages 6-8
Exploring fairy tales and their morals with older children. These stories get children thinking like a story teller as their imaginations are fired up. These stories are a collection of folk tales from around the world. Stories include:
- The Ungrateful Tiger (Korea)
- The Snow Queen (Denmark)
- The Monkey and the Crocodile (India)
- Altyn Argh (Russia)
- The Boy who cried Wolf (Greece)
Each story last 30 minutes and comes with an accompanying drama and movement workshops. I also have lesson plans to explore the stories further. This project is suitable for children’s parties and Years 2,3 and 4.
Hexagon: Ages 5-11
This collection of stories takes a different folk tale from the six different continents of our world. Antartica is left out as there is no indigenous people/inhabitants in which oral storytelling could be passed on. Children explore the stories and cultures accompanying each of the stories.
- The Red Shoes (Europe)
- Yuuki and the Tsunami (Asia)
- Why the Hen Pecks (Africa)
- Strong Wind North (America)
- The Myth of the Condor (South America)
- Kupe and the Giant Wheke (Australia)
Each story lasts half an hour and comes with an accompanying 30 minute storyteller workshop. This collection is perfect for family events at libraries, museums and parks. Its suitable to be programmed into festivals as family entertainment.
Coming soon….. HiStory, a project to combine History with Literacy for Key Stage 2.
I have worked with Z-Arts, Tatton Park, local councils, numerous schools across the country, both nationally and internationally.