I’m a professional storyteller, creating sensitive, stylish and quick-witted performances for people of all ages in London, the North-East, and across the UK. I especially love telling English and Scottish fairytales, the epic mythology of ancient Greece and Rome, dramatic chronicle-tales from Britain’s turbulent history, and the fiery folklore of the Anglo-Scottish Borders. And, as a performer inspired by the oral tradition, my repertoire of tales evolves with each new live telling. That means that each show is unique and unrepeatable.
My first full-length show, The Border Ballads, premiered at A Bit Crack in 2009. I appeared in six seasons of Vayu Naidu Company’s Licence to Tell tour, and in 2011 was one of six emerging storytellers chosen to showcase their work at the Annual Gathering of the Society for Storytelling. In spring 2013 I became the first storyteller-in-residence at Story Jam, challenged to re-tell some of the great epics of world storytelling in a mere five minutes. In 2014 I embarked upon a new adventure, devising and directing Bird-Tongue Oedipus, performed by an ensemble of recent graduates from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. And in 2015 I was commissioned (by the University of Valencia) to create Janet’s Baby: A New Tamlane.
I work regularly with students and staff at universities and drama schools, introducing the practical skills of performance storytelling, and using storytelling to promote public engagement with academic research. I also produce my own original research on the themes of contemporary storytelling, ancient epic performance, and the traditional arts within modern theatre-making.
If you’d like to hear a sample of my work, then you can listen to me telling an original London fairytale called The Miser’s Daughter here (@ 5.46).
Coming Soon …
Border Ballads at Tynemouth Watch House, 24 July 2015
I’m tremendously pleased and proud to be part of Tale Spinning, North Tyneside’s very own storytelling festival. To close the festivities, I’ll be telling a sequence of stories inspired by the traditional ballads of the lawless lands between Scotland and England. Cattle-thieves and cut-throats jostle queens, kings and courtiers, while the black corbie waits to feast on human flesh. Thrilling tales of love, revenge, high deeds and low cunning from the bad old days of the borders. At TVLB Watch House, Spanish Battery, North Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE30 4DD, 7.30pm. Tickets £10, available to book online here.