Hi, I’m Pyn Stockman and I’m a professional storyteller. I work with and bring to life stories of all kinds.

I perform everything from folk and fairy tales to myths and legends.

I tell to people of all ages, in all kinds of places: Schools, libraries, hospitals, book shops, museums, woodlands, theatres, festivals and community venues.

I work regularly with Birmingham Hippodrome, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Moving Hands Theatre Company combining storytelling with theatre, music and puppetry… Read More

Schools and Training

Interactive storytelling performances and workshops for all Key Stages  and for those with Additional Needs. Training and CPD for those interested in exploring the art of storytelling.
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Family and Children's Shows

Pyn’s  family friendly storytelling has been described as brilliant, wonderfully lively and always inclusive. Each story is expertly crafted to inspire and engage children of all ages.

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Performances for Adults

Magical, mesmerising or with a dark twist to the tale, these performances have been crafted with an adult audience in mind. Often in collaboration with musicians from a range of backgrounds.

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Schools and Training

Interactive storytelling performances and  workshops for all Key Stages and for those with Additional Needs. Pyn also provides training and  CPD for teaching staff, KS4 students, undergraduates and those interested in exploring the art of storytelling.

Pyn draws on a  repertoire of stories from the oral tradition these can be performed to suit your curriculum topics, literacy targets and are great for arts weeks or for events such National Storytelling Week, World Book Day, No Pens Day, Black History Month and Anti Bullying Week.

Sometimes the stories involve props, puppets and masks – sometimes they don’t! But they are all fun, interactive and full of adventure and learning….

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Primary

Pyn works extensively with primary schools tailoring projects and performances to enhance the curriculum and provide a valuable stimulus for creative learning.

Also on offer are  packages for themed days and arts weeks. Please check out the full range or get in touch to discuss your requirements!

Packages available for Booking in 2017

Secondary

Pyn  works with secondary schools and out of school settings to create projects that will enhance emotional literacy and explore key issues.

Also on offer are workshops to develop young people as storytellers, speakers and performers.Please get in touch to discuss how we can work together.

Packages available for booking in 2017

Training

Pyn works with teachers, students, youth theatres, parents, grandparents, youth workers, performers and those interested in becoming storytellers. 

Workshops offer a blend of narrative development and  aspects of performance training through lively, hands on sessions. 

Packages available for booking in 2017

Storytelling Performances for Children and Families

Interactive storytelling performances and story walks that work well at festivals, in libraries, schools,  bookshops and theatre spaces. They last approximatley 40 mins and some use props, puppets and masks.

They are lively, dramatic and full of fun and adventure. 

Pyn’s  family friendly storytelling has been described as brilliant, wonderfully lively and always inclusive. Each story is expertly crafted to inspire and engage children of all ages.

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“Wonderful old fashioned storytelling! Magical, colourful, mesmerising” – Audience Member (Martineau Gardens Storytelling Festival 2016) 

“Pyn’s storytelling added a touch of magic to the Patrick Centre. The audience 4-80 were entranced” -Liz Leck (Birmingham Hippodrome Aladdin pre show 2015-2016)

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There are range of storytelling performances, which you can view and book below, but please do get in touch with your particular requirements or just to say Hello!

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Adventures in Storytelling

Lively, dramatic interactive storytelling
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Adventure over frozen landscapes, across wild seas and hot deserts with heroes and heroines of the ancient world to meet mythical beasts and defeat marvellous monsters. 

These performances are a rich, magical mix of international folk tales, wonder tales, myths and legends.

Linked by a theme of your choice or left in the hands of expert storyteller Pyn Stockman.

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Traditional Folk and Fairy Tales

A rich variety of classics and lesser known tales

 Climb up to the top of the beanstalk with Jack and discover a treasury  of stories from around the world when you reach the top.  It’s a wonderful view and a whirl of adventures.

Told and performed in an engaging, lively style with plenty of opportunities for everyone to join in!

Please let me know if there are any particular traditional stories you would like me to include.  

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Tricky Tricksters & Mischief Makers

A fantastic, interactive storytelling adventure! 


Follow Fox through wild woods and city playgrounds to play pranks with Anansi, make up jokes with Loki, howl with Coyote and make mischief with Monkey.


Insightful trickster tales from around the world re-imagined for the 21st century told using masks and puppets. 


Created for The Summer Reading  Challenge 2018 and touring to libraries across the UK.

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The Firebird

A Wonder Tale from Russia

The Golden Apples are missing!

Fox has lost his courage and the King doesn’t know what to do.

But at half past midnight feast two brave children set off on a journey into the heart of the forest in their quest to find The Firebird.

This wonder-filled tale will be brought to life with props, puppets and masks and can include live music from multi- instrumentalist Ann Jones. 

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Vasilisa The Brave

A Cinderella Story From Russia

 Follow Vasilisa on her journey into the unknown as she confronts her fears and finds wonder in a forest full of magical animals, a house on chicken legs and wild witches.

There’s puzzles to solve and riddles to answer in this delightful, empowering re telling of a classic tale. 

Told using peg dolls and masks with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved. 

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Stomping Story Walks

Animating outdoor spaces and heritage sites

Inspired by the local  environment. These lively journeys weave together a range of  international folk and fairy tales with local legends for a unique experience.

Currently developing bespoke story walks with Birmingham Roundhouse  and Secret City Arts.

Can also be used to engage visitors  with Museum collections, Gallery spaces and historic locations.

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Storytelling Peformances for Adults

Magical, mesmerising and often with a dark twist to the tale these performances have been crafted with an adult audience in mind.  Performances are sometimes made with a distinct musical element through colIaborations with  with musicians from a range of backgrounds.

The shows are adaptable feasts of words, sounds and visuals. They sit comfortably in book shops, museums, libraries as well as more traditional performance spaces and festivals.
In addition to the full length shows Pyn  also tells collections of tales from her repertoire to adult audiences and can create something special for your party or event. All work is suitable for ages 14+.

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“Immense clarity and simplicity, great use of pause, silence and the musical underscoring enhances the theatricality perfectly. Versatile and very suitable touring product!” Maddy Kerr (Executive Director Heartbreak Productions)

“Phenomenal storytelling! Theatrical, dark, mesmerising, delicious! Thank you” Gavin Young (Utter Bearwood)

“Absolutely captivating! Thank you so much for an incredible evening. Loved it xx” Audience member (Waterstones Central Birmingham)

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Mr Fox's Blue Bottle

Who will be bold? 

Who will play our parlour game?

Which ending will you choose?

Make your way through the shadowy paths of old folk tales to the gates of  Blue Beards Castle.

Storytelling  using masks and audience interaction to decide the  ending.

With live music by multi -instrumentalist Ann Jones.

“Pyn gives this wonderfully sinister story a delicious twist” Lucy Lill, Story Jam – London

“I was on the edge of my seat! Reminded me of Angela Carter. Loved the music too” Audience Member, Waterstones – Birmingham

 

 

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The Devil With The Three Golden Hairs

A compelling tale of true love, heroic deeds and hilarious characters. 

A boy is born with luck on his side. A rich man rides into the forest with evil intent.

The story unfolds as their paths cross again and again and again …

 This performance fuses performance storytelling with an emotive Handpan soundtrack from Marc Reck.

“An evocative and immensely moving piece of entertainment – great characterisation and humour” Maddy Kerr, Heartbreak Productions

“Loved the multi character performance, the accents and beautiful accompaniment with atmospheric music” Audience Member, The Stagey Fox -Leamington Spa

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Rich Mix Tales

Lively, dramatic, performances  able to fit into any space or location. 

A rich mix of international folk tales, wonder tales, myths and legends. 

These storytelling performances are drawn from my repertoire and aimed at an adult audience.

“What a wonderful way to spend a winter evening!! I was right there!”  

Audience member, Waterstones, Birmingham

“Thank you so much for a wonderful evening made me feel like a child again!”

Audience Member, Waterstones, Birmingham

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Education & Schools Posts

A Cinderella A Day – revisited

Just over a year ago the first Cinderella a day performances and workshops began ! And today the resulting exhibition of over 200 peg doll Cinderella's and other fairy tale characters comes home to the place where it all started. Hall Green Library. This is the story...
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Storytelling for Confidence

Despite a distinct lack of voice yesterday I had a wonderful time working with #story in a different way. I was at @Action4Bullying all day where we used story to explore the emotional impact of bullying and to raise confidence and self esteem. We worked with...
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HeritEdge Storytelling – Birmingham Hippodrome and Sampad

Green Mice, Dueling Doctors, A Postman Post, The Worlds Tallest Woman ! A rich mix of historical tales based on the work of Dr Chris Upton developed as part of Birmingham Hippodrome and Sampad's Arts Champions Project. The tales were told in libraries and community...
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War horse sleepover Birmingham Hippodrome

On 25th October The Patrick Centre at Birmingham Hippodrome was transformed into a trench where families were invited to spend the night and take part in WW1 inspired activities including trench art, poppy making, songs from WW1 and compositions led by Ann Jones. As...
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Our City Our Past – CBSO Heritage Storytelling.

This project went beyond the reaches of my storytelling work to incorporate sessions in banner making, mask making and mask performance. The role my storytelling work took in this project was with Merrits Brook Schools exploration of metal work and it's role and...
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The Windrush Story

Working with 30 year 6 students to interpret and create a performance built on oral history and factual information to tell the story of the passengers who traveled from the West Indies to England in 1948 For a Black History event at rookery primary school. The...
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Performances for Family Posts

Lunar Festival

I was asked to host a round the fire storytelling area at this years lunar festival and it was... On the first night myself and Sharon Carr from Bham Storytellers cafe told magical tales of ....  and on the last night i hosted a mask making tent, where young people...
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A Cinderella A Day – revisited

Just over a year ago the first Cinderella a day performances and workshops began ! And today the resulting exhibition of over 200 peg doll Cinderella's and other fairy tale characters comes home to the place where it all started. Hall Green Library. This is the story...
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Mr Fox’s Blue Bottle @ The Stagey Fox and a choice of endings

Last night Mr Fox had his first outing of the Autumn at The Stagey Fox  a wonderful theatrical bookshop  in the heart of Leamington Spa. Mr Fox was first performed back in April at Story Jam but since then he has gone back into the studio. The piece has now been...
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HeritEdge Storytelling – Birmingham Hippodrome and Sampad

Green Mice, Dueling Doctors, A Postman Post, The Worlds Tallest Woman ! A rich mix of historical tales based on the work of Dr Chris Upton developed as part of Birmingham Hippodrome and Sampad's Arts Champions Project. The tales were told in libraries and community...
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War horse sleepover Birmingham Hippodrome

On 25th October The Patrick Centre at Birmingham Hippodrome was transformed into a trench where families were invited to spend the night and take part in WW1 inspired activities including trench art, poppy making, songs from WW1 and compositions led by Ann Jones. As...
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Wild goose storytelling festival

A new family friendly festival with stories and storytellers scattered around the grounds to entertain and delight !

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Midsummer Nights Dream with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Guided by storyteller Pyn Stockman enter the world of Midsummer in this hour long interactive re telling of Shakespeare’s play.

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Performances for Adults Posts

Mr Fox’s Blue Bottle @ The Stagey Fox and a choice of endings

Last night Mr Fox had his first outing of the Autumn at The Stagey Fox  a wonderful theatrical bookshop  in the heart of Leamington Spa. Mr Fox was first performed back in April at Story Jam but since then he has gone back into the studio. The piece has now been...
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War horse sleepover Birmingham Hippodrome

On 25th October The Patrick Centre at Birmingham Hippodrome was transformed into a trench where families were invited to spend the night and take part in WW1 inspired activities including trench art, poppy making, songs from WW1 and compositions led by Ann Jones. As...
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Wild goose storytelling festival

A new family friendly festival with stories and storytellers scattered around the grounds to entertain and delight !

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Midsummer Nights Dream with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Guided by storyteller Pyn Stockman enter the world of Midsummer in this hour long interactive re telling of Shakespeare’s play.

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Thank you for visiting my website. 🙂

If you would like to get in touch to book any of the work i do, or to discuss any tailor made projects, i would love to hear from you.

pynstockman at gmail dot com

All the best

Pyn 

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