Repertoire

My stock of stories is always growing and changing, but here’s a selection of my favourites …

The Wandering Bride

Once upon a time, it was happily ever after. Then everything changed. A refugee goddess went north on dust-tracks and sea-roads. She traded gilded sandals for a pair of sturdy boots. In the far, dark north of the world she sat down, and she waited. And a a girl came knocking at the door … The Wandering Bride is a wondrous, dark old tale of battered hearts and long, long roads. (45 minute performance)

Tattybella

In a world where girls must be good, and princesses must be perfect, Tattybella is … different. She’s noisy, she’s feisty, she’s got hair you could lose a shoe in – and she’s riding a stinky billy-goat, for some reason. Inspired by the Norwegian fairytale Tatterhood, Tattybella is an atmospheric, funny and bittersweet story of adventure, troll-fighting and (toughest of all) growing up a girl. (30 minute performance)

Border Ballads

A sequence of stories inspired by 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. (45-60 minute performance, contains some adult material)

Janet’s Baby: A New Tamlane

Where here meets there, and this world meets the next, a girl meets a boy, and what follows definitely isn’t safe sex. Between midnight and morning, Janet must play a game of transformations, and the prize at stake is her unborn baby’s name. But a rough wooing isn’t a marriage. And, growing up where kingdoms kiss and lovers part, what new world will Janet’s bairn inherit? This epic re-telling of the ballad Tamlane travels deep into the dark heart of the old borderlands; the place where songs and stories, and the identities of nations, have been forged. (45 minute performance, contains some adult material)

Sea-Blue Threads: Stories from the Odyssey

A man sails away from a ten-year war, spinning yarns as he goes; and far away a woman waits, weaving a cloth the colour of the waves. These interwoven tales, inspired by the Odyssey of Homer, chart an epic journey across the ocean, and a perilous journey of the heart. Ancient myths of heroism and homecoming re-told to the rhythm of waves on a rocky shore. (45-90 minute performance)