I am interested in blending the art of storytelling with modern theatre practice to bring storytelling to a large stage. What this means is respecting the oral tradition by telling and retelling a story again and again until it distills itself into a way of telling that works for an audience. I do not use written scripts but rather allow the material to be alive in the moment so that it is never the same twice but responds to its audience. I am looking for direct audience contact which acknowledges the power of people engaging each other eye to eye.
Mix these techniques with strong physicality, choreography, live music and lighting and you begin to get something which can play in larger spaces. Take the solitary storyteller and replace him with a troupe or multi-headed storyteller and you begin to get a theatre form which is direct, vibrant and that can constantly recreate itself in the moment. This is what I strive for in my teaching and in the storytelling shows I help to create.
- Founder of the celebrated theatre company Besht Tellers who in the 90’s brought Jewish Storytelling back in to the mainstream with shows (‘Telling Tales’ and ‘Last of The Just’) at The King’s Head, The Tricycle, The Hampstead and The Arts Theatre and tours of Russia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia
- Commissioned in conjunction with AandBC theatre company by South Bank Centre to create two new shows one for adults and one for kids at The Purcell Room. The adult show ‘The Tale that Wags The Dog’ went on to be selected by The British Council to showcase at The Assembly Rooms as part of their bi-annual Best of British theatre showcase. From there it had seasons at The Lyric Studio and The Skirball Centre Los Angeles and finally broke box office records at The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth.
- Toured nationally with The Frog Princess. A show directed by Josh Elwell for Wildwood Theatre Company