Old Woman and her Pig
Will the old woman get home before midnight?
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An English folk tale which is as popular with adults as with children.
The story is numbered AaTh 2030 in Antti Aarne and Stith Thompson’s international index of tale-types The Types of the Folktale.
To see how wide-spread it is, go to this page on Distributed Proofreaders which has versions in 26 different languages.
And with the coronavirus lockdown meaning no live performances, I enjoyed the challenge of keeping an element of participation in this telling recorded at home.
A teaching activity to follow the tale: Last-line race
The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres or, as here, recorded at home.
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