Tales 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 he does tell for children, too), these deep and powerful 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.


Richard in the wider world: performing live again

Click for details, and mail if you are interested in a performance or workshop which can take advantage of these travel plans

  • Bavarian tour 7th – 11th Feb. 2022 is going ahead – a few dates in the week are still available
  • Postponed again! Covid restrictions mean that my March 2022 tour of schools in South Tyrol cannot take place – we hope for 2023!
  • Singapore and Malaysia – hopefully in the first half of 2022

Video gallery

The Cobbler in the Convent (added 09.09.21)
A man who did exactly what he was told – an irreverent and bawdy tale from Greece

The video gallery
over 120 folk tales from around the world
some comic, some bawdy, some profound!

Details of the tale

Read more about the story

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Permission to tell outlines my views on copyright

For those who are teachers: Telling stories in the classroom: basing language teaching on storytelling