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. And in 2014 I embarked upon a new adventure, devising and directing Bird-Tongue Oedipus, an ensemble re-telling of an age-old tragic tale, performed by recent graduates of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
I work regularly with students and staff at universities and drama schools, introducing the practical skills of performance storytelling, and using storytelling to help promote public engagement with academic research. I also produce my own original research on the themes of contemporary storytelling, ancient epic performance, and Anglo-Scottish myths and ballads.
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 …
Janet’s Baby at Story Jam, 5 March 2015
This spring, Story Jam will begin at the Beginnings, with myths about how the world began, stories of things set in motion, births, appearances and twinkles in eyes, and some of our favourite tellers will be bringing new work and brand new ways of telling. At this night of new beginnings, I’ll be sharing a sneak-preview of my current project, Janet’s Baby (an everyday tale of unplanned pregnancy and fairies). Friendly warning: this may well include a cheeky spot of ballad-singing. At Canvas & Cream, 18 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3HF, 7.30pm. Tickets £7/£6 OTD.