Richard has worked extensively as a storyteller, to children big and small!
He has performed in several Kidstory shows at York Theatre Royal, he has performed educational stories around primary schools and at festivals and events. Richard appeared at four of the galtres festivals and in 2013 he wrote and created a film with the young people called The Pirates of Galtres. He has also performed at various festivals organised by City of York Council and has shared his storytelling skills with many libraries, nurseries and primary schools. His interactive methods of storytelling help to engage an audience and they can then lead onto activities and workshops based around the stories. He also incorporates music, juggling and magic skills into such events. Richard continues to tie his storytelling into story/drama days for schools, groups and nurseries and has also been employed to run training sessions for Early Years Practitioners on “Bringing Stories to Life”.
Gruffalo mud sculpture (McMillan Children’s Centre) and York Library Storyweb
Favourite authors include Julia Donaldson, Tony Mitton, Roald Dahl, Maurice Sendack, Martin Waddell plus many more. Richard has also written a number of his own stories, including Bike Story for Tour de France themed workshops at Applefields Special School and more recently In a Land of Old with St. Mary’s Primary in Selby.
For bigger kids Richard performed ghost stories on Yorkboat’s Ghost Cruise for several years and has written and performed two Halloween shows for the York Maze “Hallowscream” event. Entitled “An Audience with the Undertakers” this half hour show has proved a very popular element of the Fright Night event. To listen to the beginning of one of these shows click here.
Comments from An Audience with the Undertakers;
“An Audience With The Undertakers – a brilliant act who kindly came back from the dead to relay tales of ghosts and monsters in the most engaging manner.”
York Press 30.10.10
“The concept of telling ghost stories to a predominantly adult audience could have fallen flat, but the quality of the acting, their timing and use of suspense and humour held the audience’s attention throughout”
“the ghost story telling in the barn was by far and away the best part. Really well done, it was well worth the ticket price alone.”
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