"Also, storytelling is both very simple and infinitely complex, and there lies endless fascination and interest - I’ll still be learning and discovering new things about it at the end of my life and I know I’ll feel I’ve barely started on the journey! But it’s also a mystery - some things grab you and call to you, and one can intellectualise about why that might be but underneath it all, if it’s in you it’s in you."
"And because of it, the material world can sometimes seem to disappear for you as an audience member - one can really end up stepping into the story-world, and the journey of the people within it, so that when one leaves at the end of the performance, one’s perceptions of the ‘real world’ outside are changed."
"At the same time, there’s the wonderful complicity that can build between teller and audience which is so enjoyable, the laughter or the suspense, the feeling of temporary community that grows not only from sharing the story, but sharing reactions to it."
"So that process really takes time. Then I meet regularly with Jo Blake Cave and Clare Murphy as a storytelling development trio called Talking Skull Ensemble, where we work together to collectively push ourselves into new territory, both technically and artistically in a wider sense, and grow and challenge ourselves as tellers. The three of us are also involved in another development and exploration group that meets for a week each year in Europewith Abbi Patrix."
Away from the professional storytelling scene, what do you do to relax?