When writing or adapting stories for storytelling I pay special attention to the content and how it will help the students to broaden their vocabulary, improve their understanding of grammatical structures, their pronunciation and general concept of the sound of English in its entirety. I also consider the different register to use when preparing material for children from different age groups and school years.
The use of different adjectives to describe the same thing or situation is always a great help in introducing students to a more complex vocabulary and its uses. Always accompanying it with a gestural and descriptive theatrical presentation, giving the students a far deeper understanding of the use of these words and the ability to grasp new concepts.
I try to use a variety of verb forms in the same story or scene; present simple, past simple, past continuous, etc. The text of the story alongside the dramatization therefore allows students to deepen their understanding of the meaning of each verb and its different uses.
Panels containing key words and images is another way of presenting and highlighting the most important contents of each story or activity so the children can grasp the main ideas in order to understand them and enjoy the show even more.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
A classic modern children’s story/adventure. A very dynamic and fun way to practice intonation and pronunciation in general. This wonderful tale uses fantastic adjectives and onomatopeic expressions to really help grasp the concept of the sounds of English in its true form. For all ages, from 5 upwards…..an extremely participative story. Can also be performed as an intonation and general pronunciation workshop activity for adults.
A Surprisingly Healthy Treasure
This story/theatrical show is one of my very own creations
Two children embark on a fantastic adventure after visiting their local sweet shop. The story unfolds leading them to discover a very unusual and surprisingly healthy treasure. Different versions for audiences aged between 5 and 13 . A story with some very diverse vocabulary; the weather, the sea, geography, fruits and vegetables, colours, etc. It also deals with healthy eating habits. An extremely dynamic show with stage props, lighting and sound.
Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish
A beautiful environmental tale. Actually one of my favourite picture books from my own childhood. Mankind, the humans are destroying the planet with their factories and pollution, but the dinosaurs who have been sleeping for thousands of years begin to awaken and return to the surface to save the Earth and nature and this time, share it equally among all the living creatures. From 3 years onwards.
The Kind-Hearted Tree
A lovely warm tale which deals with the importance of nature and respect throughout the different stages of our lives. It begins with the friendship of a little girl with a tree…..as the girl becomes a teenager, an adult and finally an old lady she repeatedly goes back to visit the tree. A story that appeals to children and adults alike.
The Enormous Crocodile
One of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tales. “The Enormous Crocodile” wants to find a nice juicy little child for his lunch, and has thought up secret plans and clever tricks. But the other jungle animals are willing to do everything they can in order to stop him. A story full of humour and vocal expressions. Some of the adjectives and verbs are quite complex. Appropriate for audiences from 7 years upwards.
Teenage 80’s London
12 years +
More than just a simple talk… A very interesting subject for teens presented in a theatrical and humorous way. By telling my own story about my personal experience as a teenager in London in the early 1980’s…It begins as a story and slowly turns into a talk and then a debate about “Youth Subcultures”. We look at and listen to 50’s Rock «n» Roll, Soul, Ska, Disco….and Punk. We also look at black music and the important bands in London’s history…
The history of Halloween:
Where does Halloween come from? In which countries and cultures did this popular festival originate? Different versions for all age groups. For infants and primary with songs…
The Mysterious Castle:
A very inquisitive woman can’t help following a series of mysterious messages written in luminous green, which lead her to investigate a very ancient house which the local inhabitants assure her is haunted.
The Good Witch and the Happy Forest
Why do we always think of Witches as being …Bad? Evil! Nasty! Wendy is a very Good Witch, a very Kind Witch. She’s got lovely shiny white teeth and a very normal nose. She lives in The Happy Forest…she loves all the plants, trees and animals and she cares for them….but one day something terrible comes to the forest, something that makes a terrible, horrible, nasty sound!
What could it be?…..Can Wendy the Witch save the Happy Forest? For 7 years and over
Short stories and activities for the younger audience
What’s in the Treasure chest? (a fun adventure with songs)
The Parts of a Tree (music and movement for learning)
All the Animals (can you name the animals?)
Storytelling with picture books (this activity is ideal for small groups in classrooms and libraries).
Activities for improving grammar and vocabulary
Using songs, short stories, panels with images and words and other innovative methods of explaining the sounds and general concept of English, we convert the learning process into heaps of fun!
The Spotty Hippopotamus
Some animals have stripes, they are stripy and some animals have spots, they are spotty.
A heart-warming tale about a rather different hippopotamus, a green hippopotamus with purple spots. The story deals with acceptance and friendship. It’s about spots and stripes, animals and being different. The story is set in the African Savannah, using a large map board to help the audience follow the journey of …The Spotty Hippopotamus. From 6 years onwards
The Last Bus Home
One of the most symbolic things in London are the Buses, those big red double decker buses.
Felicity is a bit fidgety, her and her classmates from secondary school are going on a trip into the centre of London to the British Museum. Their teacher, Miss Watson, is apparently the great, great granddaughter of the famous Dr Watson. Find out what happens to Felicity when she comes across a little magic box that takes her on an adventure through time.
For students 12 years and over.