Category Archives: read, listen to, or watch a story

Solomon and Sheba

Solomon and Sheba appear briefly in the Old Testament when Sheba visits King Solomon, tests him with hard questions until dawn, then Solomon gives to Sheba ‘all her desire’. Although the Book of Kings doesn’t say what this desire might be! However, I have found countless other tales exist about Solomon and Sheba. Stories of […]

Tales from the Statue – Radio 4 extra

Tales from the Statue is a radio programme I made in 2003 with producer Arlene Gregorius. It is being repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra – Thursday 29 May, at 6.30 am and 8.30 pm and you will also be able to listen on iplayer. Tales from the Statue is about the Hans Christian Anderson […]

Writing stories keeps you calm!

I have been working for the last 18 months with No Panic (Sutton and Merton branch). No Panic is a self-help group for those who suffer anxiety, panic attacks and phobias, it offers support and help, enabling sufferers to live more positively. The group has transformed peoples’ lives.  I was invited to work with the […]

Night Visit App is ready – for ipad and Android tablets

The Night Visit multimedia App is available now! The App is free, and  available for both ipad and Android tablets. Download it, and share it. The Night Visit App is  a  different  way  of  telling  a  story. The App supports the live experimental storytelling performance Night Visit. The App has been made by Marmelada, and […]

Night Visit film clips

Night Visit was premiered at The Swedenborg Society to a packed audience who went with us all the way on a journey into other realms. Huge thanks to all at The Swedenborg Society for supporting it in every way and helping it to come to fruition. We are making an app to go with the […]

Night Visit – performance storytelling for adults

“I had heard my Grandfather’s stories of spirits many times, but the events were so strange, I was never sure if I’d really heard them, exaggerated them, or invented them myself.” Night Visit is the culmination of my year long residency of performances and research at The Swedenborg Society. This experimental storytelling performance traces the cultural history of […]

‘Prince Zal and the Simorgh’ at the Royal Festival Hall

I have been writing a story for composer David Bruce, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, City University Music Department and musicians Fariborz Kiani, Arash Moradi and Laudan Nooshin. The story is based on a section of Persian epic The Shahname. David Bruce has composed a dramatic score that wraps around the text, conjuring images and emotions. The […]

The King with Dirty Feet – app LIVE!

The king has dirty feet, and his servant Gabu has three days to rid the land of dust! Help Gabu sweep, brush, and stitch as he tries to clean the kingdom. Funny, and charming, with a twist at the end, ‘The King with Dirty Feet’ combines the best traditional storytelling with cutting-edge technology. International team […]

Persephone at Yohji Making Waves – filming a story

Persephone at Yohji Making Waves was a performance given in July 2011 inside Yohji Yamamoto’s exquisite installation at The Wapping Project. The installation – ‘Yohji Making Waves’ – was a collaboration between: designer Yohji Yamamoto, Wapping Project director Jules Wright, lighting designer Masao Nihei; and musician Billy Cowie. This truly mysterious, mythical installation conjured images of Hades and the […]

Diwali tale

Diwali – the festival of lights – is on October 26th this year.  Diwali celebrates the return of Rama and Sita, after their exile in the forest, and Sita’s kidnap by Ravana the Demon King.  As Rama and Sita walk across India, people light little lamps, diyas, and place them outside their houses, to light […]