A tale of horror
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 Viarago Book of Fairytales (Angela Carter, 1992). I love the dramatic effect of telling it in performance.
Not surprisingly, the story is a favourite among teenagers. Here is a powerful drama/discussion/writing activity based around it.
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.
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For those who are teachers: Telling stories in the classroom: basing language teaching on storytelling