A tale of horror
An Activity Teaching Pack is available to accompany this tale
Storytelling resources – for online and classroom teaching
Visit the page to download a free sample.
Based on my many years teaching English in a German secondary school, activities to turn the power of storytelling into:
Powerful listening – Speaking and discussion exercises – Vocabulary extension – Grammar consolidation – Writing activities
This cautionary tale from England is known in different forms and in different countries – see the gypsy variant in English Folktales (Neil Philip, 1992) and “Old Foster” in The Second Virago Book of Fairytales (Angela Carter, 1992). I love the dramatic effect of telling it in performance.
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 in the video gallery are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres or, as here, recorded 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.
Go here for tales to watch
Go here for a list of all tales included on this site
Go here to receive an e-mail notification when new tales are added
Permission to tell outlines my views on copyright
For those who are teachers: Telling stories in the classroom: basing language teaching on storytelling