I’m a professional storyteller, creating sensitive, stylish and quick-witted performances for and with people of all ages in the north of England, and across the UK. I especially love telling English and Scottish fairytales, the epic mythology of ancient Greece and Rome, and the dramatic folklore of the Anglo-Scottish Borders. And, 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 in a mere five minutes. In 2014 I devised and directed Bird-Tongue Oedipus, performed by graduates of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. In 2015 I was commissioned (by the University of Valencia) to develop Janet’s Baby: A New Tamlane. In 2016, I created The Wandering Bride, a version of the Scottish fairytale ‘The Black Bull of Norroway’. Right now I’m working on a new show tackling Henry V, contemporary English identities, and big pants; The King’s Knickers gets its premiere in spring 2019.
I work regularly with students and staff at universities and drama schools, introducing the practical skills of performance storytelling, and using storytelling to support acting and devising processes. I’m also a researcher, my work focusing on the myth-fuelled tragedies of Athens, ancient and modern performances of epic, and the traditional arts in contemporary theatre-making.