The Magic Ring

A bawdy French fairy tale of a ring which helped a young man stay long and strong, and also helped a priest into heaven

I enjoy telling the full range of traditional stories, and that includes more adult ones like this old tale. The challenge involves being explicit, while ensuring everyone in the audience feels comfortable.

I met a rather literary version of the story in Le Livre des amour (Henri Gougaud, 1996), translated as Erotische Volksmärchen.

The creation of a performable story from such a source is explored in my From Page to Stage workshops.
The next opportunity for this workshop: Akademie Remscheid, 13th – 15th March 2024.

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