HeritEdge Storytelling – Birmingham Hippodrome and Sampad

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 centres from Edgbaston to Bartley Green and were accessed by children, families and Older Adults.

heritedge storytelling

The performances were interactive and lasted between 30 minutes to an hour they were followed either by discussion or a peg doll making activity where participants were encouraged to create one of the characters as a momento.

Heritedge peg dolls

It was such a fun project and there was a fabulous response that I am in the process of developing further stories based on Chris Uptons’ Research to cover the other areas of Birmingham.

Heritedge feed back

If you would like to book a Heritage Storytelling Session please get in touch pynstockman@gmail.com



Our City Our Past – CBSO Heritage Storytelling.

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 meaning in Birminghams history.


It began with an imagined story based on historical information created by writer and  co-artistic director of secret city arts. We took the story and reworked as an interactive storytelling performance which captured the imaginations of the children (mostly boys). This was followed by a series of developmental sessions. The resulting piece also incorporated a very physical retelling with the story being sung. The music and words to the chant were developed by Jackie Tyler (CBSO) and Mandy Ross with the arrangement by Jeremy Clay.