Full shows

As well as telling single stories or collections, at a wide assortment of events, I’ve created and performed full-length shows around specific themes or ideas. Below are some examples – I’m available for further performances, and can adapt the ideas to fit new settings or occasions. If you’d like to book me, please get in touch!

All’s Fair?

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Gender and equality. Partner and foe. Lover and beloved, loneliness and compassion, power and control.

A show for teenagers and adults, exploring the tangled roads of gender relations in ancient tales from the British Isles and further afield. Through romance, loss, misunderstanding, and – perhaps – hope, we consider how expectations and stereotypes affect women, men, and everyone; and ask: where do we go from here?

“All’s Fair” was conceived and developed for International Women’s Day 2017, and incorporates some of my favourite myths. It was first performed to a packed house at the Dukebox Theatre, Brighton, in two sets of 45mins with an interval – but it can be adapted to fit a variety of occasions. See here for a taste of one of the stories.

Taliesin: A Tale of Power, Class and Environmental Catastrophe

Sea at Criccieth 2Embark into the world of legendary Welsh bard Taliesin. Tread the line between history and myth, magic and wonder, courage and cruelty, where a very special boy would defy a king… But, as a land tries to heal, refugees flee disaster, and the rising sea waits beyond the walls, can rulers be trusted? Are heroes any better? Is this world really that different from our own?

I’ve loved the Taliesin story since childhood. This set combines the tale of his mythical beginnings with that of Cantrae’r Gwaelod, the Welsh Atlantis; but also looks at the early medieval world of the real-life poet, and draws out socio-political resonance for the modern day. I first created it for Brighton Storytellers in about 2010, and redeveloped it for two nights in the Brighton Festival Fringe in 2017. For people 14 years and up, in two 40min halves with an interval, but can be adapted to fit different occasions and audiences.

Time Travel Treasure Hunt – Brighton Open Market

Jon picHelp foil a villainous scheme to control Brighton’s past, present and future!

Search the market for the missing pieces of a time machine created by Victorian inventor Magnus Volk – but the soul of the City hangs in the balance… Can you find the clues in time? Or will malevolent forces get there first? Who gets to decide the City’s fate?

A treasure hunt for kids and their grownups, through a strangely familiar world of mods and rockers, princes and Blackshirts, science, magic and adventure. 

Brighton Open Market commissioned me to create and lead a treasure hunt in Oct 2016 – and the result was this quest through Brighton’s history, stories and Time Itself. It returned in May 2018 in a collaboration with students from the University of Sussex Department of History, whom I helped supervise as they researched and contributed content for a final year undergraduate project. Watch this space for further adventures!

Chasing the Sun

White Horse picWalk the green earth. Scour the sky above the chalk hills. Your troubles will follow you, whatever the age. But did a hero once walk among us? Did a mother raise her son? Did he grow to face our fears – and will that sun rise again?

Inspired by the White Horse at Uffington, Berkshire, this collection of myths and folktales considers the traces left in the soil of that place, and the hopes and dreams of those who walked there before us. Combining tantalising archaeological evidence, and echoes of ancient legend, I weave together stories from Wales to Yorkshire to Iceland and more, and imagine the myth that might have been.

This cycle of stories was created after a visit to the White Horse at Easter 2018, and has been told at summer festivals every year since. On 11th Feb 2020 I’ll be performing it at Guesthouse Storytellers, Newhaven.