I’ve told stories in galleries, schools, gardens, cemeteries, department stores, stately homes, palaces- even a medieval Italian castle in the clouds. But perhaps these are the most unusual?
1. In the dank subways of Elephant and Castle roundabout. We were commissioned by the Cuming Museum to lead a story walk on the subject of “Home”. I retold The Odessey around the Elephant and Castle roundabout with the subways standing in for the Underworld. We also carried a portable shrine. Passing kids were baffled but fascinated and followed our procession the whole way round! Read more here.
2. Wimpey restaurant in Basingstoke: The National Literacy Trust wanted to take stories to people who might not otherwise hear them and so we went to Wimpey. It was a huge success.
3. The Apple Store in Covent Garden: a temple of Tech. As part of a launch for the Pollocks Toy Theatre iPad App
4. In a Minecraft re-creation of Peckham Rye:
Some people think traditional storytelling is the antithesis of “screens” but I think they can work together. I made a number of Minecraft videos out of some of my post popular scary stories for teens. Watch one here (if you’re feeling brave!)
5. On the roof of the evicted Heygate Estate. This was so popular we did this as many times as we could before they tightened the security so much that it became impossible! However we have recently found another different -but gorgeous- rooftop in the West End and will be holding an event there on 2nd April. Details here, just email me to book your space.
Of course the storyteller is only one part of the magic. I’m so grateful to the people who booked me to do these interesting jobs, and to the musicians and artists who I collaborated with… and also to the most important people of all- the audience!
Every project is different, that’s why it’s so much fun. Each new challenge needs a creative approach, flexibility, a sense of humour and- of course- JUST the right story!
If you want to book me for your event, just drop me a line [email protected]