I trained as an Actor at Manchester Metropolitan University over ten years ago. This last decade has given me the opportunity to explore the actors relationship with the audience. I increasingly want to work in a way where there is no boundary between myself the performer and the audience. I also wanted to make work instantly accessible and community focused. Story telling seemed like a natural path to take. I love the instant bond that I have with an audience and the simplistic nature of the story teller. I love the fact its portable and you can take it anywhere. I love the fact it is steeped deep in our history of humanity, much deeper then that of the written word. Story telling is a wonderful vessel of creating an equal platform for sharing and that is the world that I want to inhabit. One that is open, respectful and tolerant. So whether you are young or old or that place in between, whether you’re figuring out what you want to be when you grow up or if you’re living the dream and whether you can speak or hear or see, Storytelling is for you.
Grimm Tales: EYFS and KS1
A series of 5 interactive fairy tales based on the stories by the brother’s Grimm. These stories get children up on the feet, singing songs and inhabiting the world that the Grimm brothers recorded on their travels through Germany. Stories to pick from:
- Hansel and Gretel
- Little Red Riding Hood
- The Musicians of Bremen
- Snow White and Rose Red
- The Mouse, the Bird and the Sausage
Each story lasts 30 minutes and is suitable for around 15-20 children. I can also offer accompanying craft activities, and lesson plans to explore the stories further. This project is suitable for EYFS, private nurseries and children’s parties.
Tall Tales and Long Beards: Key Stage 1 & 2
Exploring fairy tales and their morals with older children. These stories get children thinking like a story teller as their imaginations are fired up. These stories are a collection of folk tales from around the world. Stories to pick from:
- The Ungrateful Tiger (Korea)
- The Snow Queen (Denmark)
- The Monkey and the Crocodile (India)
- Altyn Argh (Russia)
- The Boy who cried Wolf (Greece)
Each story last 30 minutes and comes with an accompanying drama and movement workshops, rounding of the session in an hour. I also have lesson plans to explore the stories further. This project is suitable for children’s parties and Years 2,3 and 4.
Greek Storyteller, Key Stage 2
You can book me to bring a little bit of Ancient Greece to your school. Meet Thalia, daughter of Zeus and muse of comedy. She will come to your school and tell tales of Ancient Greek Hero’s and Gods. Stories to pick from:
- Odysseus and the Cyclops
- The Birth of Pandora
- The Fall of Persephone
- Orpheus and Eurydice
Each story lasts 15-20 minutes and comes with an accompanying workshop exploring Materials and Household life in Ancient Greece, culminating in a short piece of creative writing. This session lasts between an hour and an hour and a half. This project is designed to support year 5’s and 6’s, studying the Greeks.
Nook & Cranny -Story Scientists
So special they get their own page!
I have worked with Z-Arts, Tatton Park, libraries, festivals, local councils and numerous schools nationally and internationally. I can also recommend Tom Barry as a Viking Storyteller.
Please get in touch, to ask more.