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: travel plans

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

Covid restrictions? I can still perform for you: live virtual performances

Video gallery

Tortoise Wins the Spicy Food Competition (added 01.10.20)
Spicy peppers are great, but your mouth may need cooling down.
Trickster Tortoise has the answer.

The video gallery
over 110 folk tales from around the world
some comic, some bawdy, some profound!

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Ausbilder in der Erzählausbildung VEE
(Certified VEE storytelling trainer)

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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