I’m a contemporary storyteller creating and sharing performances in Liverpool, across the UK, and beyond. I especially love telling English and Scottish fairytales, the fiery folklore of the Anglo-Scottish Borders, and salvaged stories from England’s historic and mythic pasts. As a performer inspired by oral traditions, my repertoire of tales evolves each time I meet a new audience. Every live, one-off telling is unique and unrepeatable.
Storytelling has taken me on some amazing adventures. In spring 2013 I became the first storyteller-in-residence at Story Jam, challenged to re-tell some of the great epics of the world against the clock. In 2014 I devised and directed Bird-Tongue Oedipus, performed by students at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. And in 2015 I was commissioned by the University of Valencia to develop Janet’s Baby: A New Tamlane.
In 2019 I premiered Henry V: The King’s Knickers, an ambitious new show tackling half-remembered histories, contemporary English identities, and really big pants. And right now I’m working on a companion piece. Queens of Albion: Bronze and Stone re-dreams the medieval tale of England’s mythic mothers for an age of identity anxiety and falling statues.
I work regularly with students and staff at universities and drama schools, introducing the practical skills of storytelling, and using storytelling to support acting and devising processes. I’m also a researcher, currently working on a monograph exploring new collaborative platforms for story-led performance, and female storytelling artists as innovators in interdisciplinary creativity. Contemporary Storytelling Performance: Female Artists on Practices, Platforms, Presences is forthcoming from Routledge.