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.

Richard tells in his native English. But when asked, he loves telling in German – with a delightful mixture of English creeping into the story.

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

Video gallery

Wali Dâd the Simple-Hearted (added on 04.12.23)
An Indian tale of the perils of giving presents

The video gallery
150 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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Richard in the wider world

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

  • Lithuania, 16. – 19.10.23
  • South Tyrol German schools, 23. – 26.10.23
  • Schools in Bavaria, 19. – 23.02.24 (one day still free)
  • Salzkammergut, Austria (European Capital of Culture) June 2024

Go here for tales to watch

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