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 with each new live telling. That means that each show is unique and unrepeatable.
My first full-length show, Border Ballads, premiered at A Bit Crack (Newcastle) 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 (London), 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 teach classical acting techniques. I also produce 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).