Copyright: Martin OttoTales to laugh at - tales to wonder at

The stories Richard Martin tells are the folk tales which have been told for hundreds, indeed thousands, of years. With over 300 stories in his repertoire, they reflect the full range of human experience: the comic, the bawdy, the profound, the divine.
Far from being for little children (although I do tell for children, too), these powerful and deep tales offer unforgettable listening for adults.

If you like theatre, you'll definitely love storytelling. It combines the intensity of a play by a solo performer with the intimacy of a one-to-one conversation.

Richard tells stories throughout Europe and as far away as India, Singapore, Hong Kong and America - in theatres, universities, schools, for corporate events or private parties.
He usually tells in English, although having lived in Germany since 1976, he is sometimes asked to tell in German.

Explore the website for tales, for information about performances and workshops — and for much, much more.

A new story on the video gallery (added 18.10.15)
The Shipwright and the Witches
Der Schiffsbauer und die Hexen - how Jack escapes the gallows while building a ship for the king of England.
Told in German in a primary school in Schwetzingen. (It was good to see the children enjoyed their mathematics as much as Jack did!)

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Richard in the wider world: see current travel plans for more details

  • February 2016: Laos
  • 29.02. - 04.03.16: Saigon and Hué, Vietnam
  • March and early April 2016: Malaysia and Singapore
  • Mid-2016: USA and possibly Canada
  • See also Performance schedule and Workshop schedule
    Do get in touch if you are interested in a performance or workshop which can take advantage of these travel plans

Watch (6 min.) one of Richard's most popular tales, Reason to Beat your Wife, a story in which one person really does know the secret of how to have a happy marriage

There are more tales to watch here

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