The art of performance Storytelling is simply a Storyteller telling you or an audience a story. It’s using particular oral language, body language and engaging with the audience. It is different from simply reading a book, as the story can change with each telling, depending on the audience and the environment where the story is being told. It is not scripted, but the Storyteller owning the story as if it were their own.
The stories are mainly folk tales, fairy tales, myths and legends which are traditional stories; they have been passed down by mouth (not books) for hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. We do not know who first told them, so they belong to everyone.
Storytellers have travelled around the world telling stories, as this has happened the stories have changed, so there is different versions of stories such as “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast” from different countries, though they may not have the same title they are in essence the same story. For example “Beauty and the Beast”, “Hans my Hedgehog” and “East of the sun and west of the moon” though each different are pretty much the same story.
Over the years people such as the Brothers Grimm and Joseph Jacobs have collected these stories and have written them down in books, as sadly some oral traditions are not as popular as they once were due to things such as technology being the main entertainment in households.
So though some are collected and written down in books, they are still passed down orally keeping up with the tradition that Storytellers keep alive to this day.
A perfect example of this is a bird’s song, there is no reference from a book, and the birds listen to their parents singing. They learn the song themselves and when they have their own babies they pass it on to them to learn, keeping the song alive for generations to come.
I tell both Adults and Children if I'm somewhere outdoors, such as a festival, I have a Gazebo and cushions for Children to sit on as well as chairs, which can accommodate small groups or it can be opened up for a much bigger audience.
Suitable for museums, libraries, Schools, universities, Colleges, Care homes, Festivals, Parks, and much more.
I'm also a member of the Society for Storytelling and a member of Equity with public liability insurance and a DBS.
Training is also available for adults and company staff.
Below are some of the Storytelling sets I do; if there is something else you have in mind that is not listed, please get in touch.
If bookings are made for an event, storytelling can be between 20 and 45 minutes long and repeated throughout the day; one-hour performances are also available.
Each story is 5-10 minutes long, and the occasional longer story is 30 - 45 minutes long.
Due to these times of COVID-19, Storytelling bookings on Zoom are also available.
I am based in Sutton Coldfield, North of Birmingham, but I travel as far as London for a storytelling visit, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Suitable for the whole family, a selection of Stories from around the world suitable for Children 5+, fun and interative.
Listen to tales of mythical creatures from the British Iles and why they are important in folklore and history.
Tales of Leprechauns, Unicorns, Dragons, Boggarts, Selkies, Mermaids Giants, Fairies and much more.
No camp fire is complete without a Storyteller. Perfect for camp sites, parks and outdoor events. A mixture of spooky stories and tales of adventure.
Ideal for families, older Children and adults.
Festive fun for all the family, a selection of Christmas and winter tales about Snow bears, Elves, Christmas Cats and even Father Christmas himself.
Very popular at Halloween, this is a selection of stories from around the world about ghosts, vampires, skeletons, and even how a man outwitted the devil.
Available for young Children ages 5-7 and also available for Children ages 8 and above.
Storytelling with Illustrations, sound effects and moving images. To create a more experiential storytelling experience.
Animals are close to my heart, especially in the land of stories, this is a selection of Animal "Tails" of Cats, Dogs, Foxes, Chickens, Hedgehogs and much more, suitable for all the family.
Come along for a story walk in the woods, a park, a museum or even a spooky graveyard. A more experiential storytelling story to suit the surroundings.
Perfect for parks and gardens, bring a picnic along and sit in the sunshine listening to some stories; perfect for families.