The Duration of Life

An old tale which shows that length is not everything

My telling is based on the Brothers Grimm version of this folk tale (ATU 173). Prof. Ashliman’s invaluable website links to that text, as well as a number of other variants.

When looking for a tale to tell at my 75th birthday party, this was one of the suggestions offered by the ever generous Storytell community.


More comic tales

The video gallery has become very extensive. So if you would enjoy more tales like this, here are a few suggestions.


The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres or, as here, in my home studio.

Their intention is just to show the range of my storytelling and give a flavour of a live performance.

Permission is granted for use in non-commercial educational contexts.

The videos are © Richard Martin.

Professionally recorded CDs and DVDs are available here.

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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