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 in 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’ve 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.
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 …
19 March 2014: The Vision Adventure at Story Jam
What happens when visual and verbal artists get together with an audience to look at artworks? Will we all find new ways of seeing and connecting with what’s in front of our eyes? What stories will we tell? Come with us and discover, in a new adventure from Story Jam and Canvas & Cream. At Canvas & Cream, 18 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3HF, 7.30pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
24 March 2014: How Come We’re All Suddenly Storytellers?
Are you a storyteller? An actor, writer, director, deviser? Do you use stories in your work? Do you want to connect with other practitioners, explore how and why we work with stories, develop new projects, discuss, debate, dream? Devoted and Disgruntled offers a space to do all this, and more, and I’d like to invite you to an open-space event inspired by the question: ‘How come we’re all suddenly storytellers?’ It’s not about being divisive, exclusive or precious. It’s all about being energised and inspired by old (new?) ways of sharing stories, and the simple (complicated?) knack of spinning a yarn. So come along. Pack a basket with bread, cakes and wine. Stray off the path. (Watch out for wolves). Start a new story. At the Ovalhouse, 52-4 Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SW, 6.30pm. Sign up here.