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



Wild goose storytelling festival

Wild goose storytelling festival


A new festival based at Wild goose rural training centre which provides opportunities for people with additional needs. The festival was curated by Iain Craigan of Puppet Tree 

There was a small selection of great storytellers : Nicola Grove & Suzy DJ from Open Storytellers, Barnaby Hiles, Barry Walmsley and  Iain Craigan. I was delighted to be amongst them

Stories were told in tiny tents and polly tunnels by Lilly pads and Bedouin pads. A glorious summery sunny day of telling:

10 minute tales

45 minute performance story telling show . Where I gave Roots and Seeds it’s first public outing since it underwent development as part of a Secret City project funded by BCC Next Generation.

A story walk inspired by the grounds.

An elemental story slam

The feedback for this new and fledgling festival was wholly positive with the main suggestion being that it went on longer ! I guess we will have to wait for another year.


Midsummer Nights Dream with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Midsummer Nights Dream with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

This project began with an hour long performance storytelling version of Midsummer Nights Dream in each of the partner schools. It was highly interactive and incorporated specially designed headresses and masks. Puck The project will culminate in a pre concert showcase at Symphony Hall in June 2014. It is part of Secret Cities ongoing collaboration with CBSO and the culmination of a three year musical leadership project. The children and young people will retell the story through song (developed by Mandy Ross) through music and composition (developed by Geremy Clay, Jackie Tyler and Helen Edgar). I will work in depth with two schools to create. : a mini opera alongside Jackie Tyler and masks and processional work to represent elements of the story and Puck. Midsummer ND Merritts Brook Bottom The Storytelling version is currently available for booking and is suitable for years 4 -6. please contact me pynstockman@gmail.com