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.
Two new recordings for World Storytelling Day, 20th March 2020 (topic: Voyages)
The Pleiades (video, added 20.03.20)
A tale of a voyage of seven young people, and where it took them
Why Cats Live with Women (audio)
An African folk tale
The video gallery
over 100 folk tales from around the world
some comic, some bawdy, some profound!
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Go here for a list of all tales included on this site
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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