'Subtlety and depth of meaning, delivered with masterful and engaging artistry.' Paul and Rebecca Webster
'Magical and mesmerising.
Would hold the attention of someone with ADHD.’
How can we remember to remember?
Stories trace a line from the beginning of time,
to keep in mind what guides mankind.
When our brains strain to comprehend our collective journey,
How we got ourselves into
and may find a way back through this tangle,
A story gives a handle.
Like a candle it illuminates the mechanisms
that rule our coming and going,
Our folly and unknowing.
So we may use mistakes for growing.
It is a doorway to those regions
where our allies wait in legions,
to deliver us to freedom
in the winking
of a dragons
Stories entertain, educate, uplift, reconnect and amuse us. I love telling for all these reasons but what drives me most is the desire to inspire wonder in the natural world. I enjoy exploring how
landscape, human psyche and folklore all reflect each other and I am inspired by the power of stories to mirror our own journey and help us along the way.
I have a back catalogue of stories to draw on for any occasion or audience. I tell stories for children and adults and have shared tales in a wide variety of settings from theatre stages, schools and cosy campfires to nature reserves, woodlands, carehomes and festivals. I particularly enjoy working in the wilds.
In addition to informal storytelling I have created a number of storytelling shows. See below:
The Star Child
Y Seren Plentyn. 2019
By Oscar Wilde
Two woodcutters are lost on a cold winter’s night, reason to be fearful indeed. But it doesn’t do to be always looking down, even in a crisis and when the woodcutters turn their gaze skywards, they see something miraculous; a star shooting to Earth. A gift? Gold? Or is it something far more precious than that?
Discover for yourself and join the adventure of The Star Child as he navigates through pride and selfishness and embarks on a journey back to the heart.
Milly Jackdaw presents the story with her usual theatricality and with the assistance of her Magical Hat Box from which emerges a snowy cottage, a golden cloak, a tattered beggar, stars and jewels and musical things. Enough to tickle your imagination and bring to life a whole universe.
Just the thing to warm you up for Christmas!
Tales from the Cauldron/Chwedlau o'r Pair.2019
Milly Jackdaw and Cath Rigler present an interactive, theatrical performance where you get to step into the action. With storytelling at its heart, this brewing of Welsh myths and folktales includes music, puppetry and fiery surprises.
A hungry girl forages deep, deep in the wild woods and a strange encounter leads her to unimaginable wonders and mysteries. Will you follow her there? Will you join us around the fire as we open a great book of spells and bring to life sleeping giants, courageous birds, wise witches and fleet footed boys? Will you add your special ingredients to the pot and help us give it a good strong stir?
“So, gather round the cauldron’s rim,
And do not fear to peer within,
As we inhale its earthy scents,
We’ll follow where the ancients went . . .”