“Some people are born to entertain. It’s a special kind of magic. Sally Pomme Clayton has that magic in plenty, she is a dream-weaver, a spell-binder.” The Londonist
Sally Pomme Clayton is a pioneering storyteller and writer, creating unique performances. With sparkling words, playful humour, haunting images she performs fairytales, gothic romances, fragments of forgotten myths, witty folktales, and wild epics. She creates dark and gleaming stories set in strange worlds that seem strangely close. Her performances are captivating, tender, elegantly crafted and shot through with songs and unusual musical sounds. Many of her stories feature feisty female protagonists!
Sally Pomme Clayton performs stories for everyone from: Soho Theatre to Northern Stage; The London Gypsy Orchestra to The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Royal and Derngate to The Royal Opera House; Athens Storytelling Festival to Hakaya Storytelling Festival, Jordan; 40 Winks Hotel to 11 Downing Street; The Crick Crack Club to Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival; The National Gallery to The Karen Blixen Museum. She co-founded The Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Hugh Lupton in 1985, spearheading storytelling in the UK. Together they created ground-breaking performances, especially for adult audiences, developing storytelling as a contemporary art that is not just for children! Because of their work, storytelling is now a flourishing art form.
She has been commissioned to write and create performances for: The British Museum; Wellcome Collection; The Royal Shakespeare Company; Unicorn Theatre; The Swedenborg Society; Chichester Festival Theatre. She writes texts for composers and musicians, among them: David Bruce; Joglaresa; Dario Marianelli. She has written plays and documentaries for BBC radio, and published several children’s books, her most recent is “Greek myths, stories of sun stone and sea” (Frances Lincoln 2014). She is an experienced and inspiring educator and mentor. She originates and teaches practical and creative workshops in writing and performance, and has worked with: Apples and Snakes; The Prince’s Trust; The Horniman Museum; East 15. She lectured on World oral traditions at Middlesex University (1992 – 2008). And in Theatre Studies Rose Bruford College (2009 – 2015).