Tag Archives: listening to a story

Jordan – Land of Stories

‘There was, and there was not, but even so there was …’ is one way an Arabic fairytale starts. Stories can take us to fantastic lands, to the underworld or a glass mountain, to a girl living at the bottom of a well or a prince with one arm and one wing. I was honoured […]

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 […]

Getting into bed with Plato

I will be performing Eros and Psyche at The Forge, Camden, Tuesday 13 May 2014, 7.30pm. Come and celebrate love in all its forms. The Ancient Greeks had several words for different types of love, among them: Eros – passionate desire; Fillia – friendship; Agape – wider love for fellow human beings and the world. […]

Learning ethics through stories

I have not written for ages, as we have been moving house. And it nearly didn’t happen. We have been utterly lost in a world where the tempting possibility of more and more money turns ordinary people into greedy ogres. There are no laws in this world to prevent people from behaving like ogres, being […]

How to tell a fairytale!

I will be performing Love in the Shadows – dark, gothic tales about wolves, devils and girls who turn into flowers with my teeny, tiny shadow theatre at The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, on Sunday 15 December, as part of  ‘Angels Aren’t Just for Christmas… A Festival of Fairytales for Grown-ups’ 11th – 15th Dec […]

Enacting the myth of Diwali

Lighting lamps for Diwali is an enactment of a mythic story. The myth of Diwali tells of a time when demons invaded the world. The ten-headed demon king, Ravana, had stolen away the beautiful Princess Sita and imprisoned her in his demon kingdom, Lanka. Prince Rama and his brother Laksham set off to find Sita. […]

What’s in a myth?

Myths are important on so many levels. They are a rich source of archaeological evidence about the past.  The myth of Eros and Psyche describes how the Gods ruled life and culture in ancient Greece.  A king visits the Delphic oracle, and obeys the words of the Gods, leaving his daughter on a mountainside. The […]

Night Visit – behind the title!

Travel through the night, encounter spirits, visit heaven and hell, voyage beyond death with Night Visit, Saturday 12 October, 8pm, Rich Mix, London.  Choosing a title is always hard! The title Night Visit has several meanings and strands of narrative in the performance. It describes my great-grandparents’ and grandparents’ explorations of the supernatural, and their […]

Harmony and Discord – storytelling promenade at The National Gallery

Titian’s radiant painting Bacchus and Ariadne reveals past, present and future all in one painting. Theseus’ ship sails away in the distance, leaving Ariadne bereft on the island of Naxos. Then the maenads appear, clashing cymbals, devouring haunches of meat, dogs barking, draped in snakes, drunk, blowing trumpets. These followers of Bacchus believe their ecstatic […]

Funding art – nourishes a whole community

We were so grateful for the support from the Berattar Festival that allowed us to take Night Visit to Ljungby. I felt honored that they made such a huge investment in our performance: bringing us to Sweden; hiring equipment; giving us a lot of time and space in the theatre; and a brilliant technician – […]