Storytelling that doesn’t care if you’re sitting comfortably
Above: Highwayman stories in a secret corner of Richmond Park pic (c) Jeannie Marsh-Dawson
“Vanessa Woolf has made a career for herself by leading Londoners into obscure areas of the capital at night and telling them magical stories by candlelight….” Time Out
London Dreamtime storynights happen once a month: Eerie, exciting, scary and fantastical stories for adults in the city’s hidden corners, derelict housing estates, muddy foreshores, tunnels, urban forests, midnight cemeteries… or just in your own front room!
(As well as regular storynights, I also do loads of *other* storytelling for adults– scroll all the way down to the bottom to see who I work with!)
“An exciting evening that is a much-needed resurgence of the oral tradition.” Sabotage Reviews “Snow City” St Pauls Cathedral/Barbican
“A fantastic night…London Dreamtime has a lots of other events over the summer and I do urge you to go to at least one if you can” Badwitch reviews “into the Greenwood” Forest Hill
Read the Time Out Blog on “Enchanted Woolwich”- then watch us in this two-minute film.
“Just thought I’d say a big thank you to you for a great event ! I fell straight into the story and didn’t sleep too well that night !” Andrew (audience member) “Highgate Vampire”
You’re a fantastic storyteller, and the way the story came across was both vivid and captivating. I’ve loved Wapping for quite sometime, but Sunday enhanced my appreciation greatly – Carl (audience member) “The Golem of Wapping”
I often do creative collaborations; especially with musical-storytelling virtuoso, George Hoyle. Click to see us telling terrifying urban legends in a secret ruin in Peckham.
Other collaborators include Secret Adventures, The Embers Storytelling Collective, Crossbones‘ John Constable, Saira Niazi from Living London, Stephen Coates of Antique Beat, Chris Roberts from London Street Tours, the Londonist, White Rabbit’s Bernadette Russell and Suzette Field for London Month of the Dead.
Below: the magic happens in the mind of the audience. “Lost in the woods” on a cold January night with Secret Adventures pic (c) Leanne Downs
Below: Brompton Cemetery in December with Antique Beat, photo by M. Reeve
below: telling the story of Catherine Eddowes and honouring the women killed by Jack the Ripper- outside St George In the East, Shadwell pic (c) Georgie Jasper White
OTHER adults storytelling
Powerful, magical and exciting stories for museums, festivals, storytelling clubs, universities and all your amazing events:
–I’ve heard nothing but good things about the stories…For me the first one had the most shock factor! I did not see the end coming! A really good mix of tales – really well balanced and well executed C Grosvenor-Hargreaves Lloyds Banking Group Halloween office celebration
-Really captivating and engaging storytelling – the audience were hanging on your every word! Royal Academy of Arts Gallery Late (pic below)
–The audience responded really, really well as you can see from the feedback “Outlaws and Rebels” library takeover for Cityread 2016
-Actually quite scary, particularly given that we were about to sleep out in a wood over night. It was everything I had hoped for” Awesome Campouts
–I was an eager as a child to hear what would happen next. Southbank Centre Blog on “Girl Fawkes” Friday Tonic
– Excellent. Really fantastic. Turned a medical thing into emotional concept for a woman. –Healthcare professional audience member, UCL (on “Secrets from the Soul”, our award-winning public engagement performance) Grant Museum of Zoology, see the film above.
Picture (c) Benedict Johnson for the RA