Hänsel’s Stepmother

The dark truth behind a well-know tale

Unlike virtually all the tales I tell, this is not a traditional tale – but it is a possible backstory to the Hänsel and Gretel fairy tale.

It came from a challenge Suzanne Whitby set attendees of her Story Café.

My thanks to Suzanne for forcing me into this!

More deep tales

The video gallery has become very extensive. So if you would enjoy more tales like this which explore the depths of the human psyche, 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