There was a young man called Andy...
After studying Drama, Theatre Studies and Contemporary performance art at Canterbury University Kent Andy went on to become an actor both on stage and on screen. In his spare time he worked as a volunteer for Chicken Shed Theatre Company and as a drama practitioner for Stage School Theatre Productions and also attended part time drama school in Whitechapel London.
His work with young people became his main career and he trained as a youth worker in Bermondsey London and Peckham. Andy soon found that storytelling, drama and creative writing were ideal mediums to engage hard to reach young people and the work was a perfect tool to give young people a voice.
In 2002 he spent fifteen months in Bulgaria, travelling with a group of Romanian Gypsies who told stories for the very bread they ate, on his return Andy decided that storytelling was the tool he would use to engage the young people he wanted to work with including those who were labelled hard to reach.
In 2011 Andy spent the whole of August walking the 1000 mile pilgrimage Camino de Santiago crossing through France the Pyrenees and Spain. Then in the April the following year Andy walked the old pilgrims trail from Winchester to Canterbury and Canterbury to Southwark in London. Along the route of the Canterbury Tales. Collecting and telling stories as he went and sleeping wherever he could! His next walk is the Great River Ouse from source to sea so watch this space.
Andy has worked with...;
Andy has told stories in many different places and locations, including Festival at The Edge, Stockton International Festival, Cambridge Storytelling Festival, West Country Storytelling Festival, Lakeland Festival of Storytelling.
He has been lucky enough to tell stories with Taffy Thomas (MBE and the New Storytelling Laureate) at his Grasmere storytelling Garden. He tells stories regularly at The SWAN Club which is run by the wonderful Indian Storyteller Peter Chand, as well as telling Tales At the Edge club.
He has performed in various venues with Storyteller Mike Rust. He has also performed on behalf of Birmingham Rep Theatre at Birmingham Artsfest and been involved in running drama workshops with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Andy can offer you many and varied sessions for your school or group. From one off sessions to more focused project work he will work with you to design bespoke practical sessions which will include all participants.
He is able to lead workshops in basic storytelling which will include areas such as the creation of character, pace of a story, movement and gesture and finding creative ideas. These workshops are suitable for adults and children and can be used in educational and workbased settings.
Andy can work with classes on full and half day workshops which will encourage everyone to establish and tell their own stories. As well as storytelling workshops Andy can deliver creative writing and drama workshops.