I am a Theatre in Early Years specialist on a mission to help and inspire the next generation to become readers for pleasure. I create interactive stories for workshop & theatre settings, and Heritage sites. Comedic, madcap, interactive stealth education!
In 2011 I founded Story Storks, and started writing and delivering interactive storytelling workshops to local Early Years children. The mix of theatre and fairytales went down a storm, and it wasn't long before I was being invited into schools and nurseries. The workshops help to develop early years literacy - not that the children notice. They're too busy counting a giants gold, slaying dragons and helping the ugly sisters out with their beauty routine.
In 2016 I wrote and produced my first Early Years theatre show, which was so well received I've written and produced another three, this year selling out 11 performances in a 155 seat theatre.
I've recently been commissioned to work with local organisations to help develop their early years offering, using storytelling magic to deliver against the EYFS, particularly the Language and Literacy areas.
I'm also more than happy to just bring the magic - kids don't need to learn 24/7!
130 YEARS OF WELCARE – KINGSTON WELCARE (Delivery July 2019)
Commissioned to research the Kingston Welcare archive to discover the stories of the ‘fallen women’ helped by this local charity, and bring them to life for the local community. The final output is yet to be decided, but it is likely to be a play performed at the Rose Theatre, and possibly a book.
ONCE UPON A TIME PILOT PROJECT - HAMPTON COURT PALACE (Delivery April 2019)
Working in collaboration with Past Pleasures and the Hampton Court team to originate their Early Years Schools Program, including training the costumed performers in working with Early Years children and creatively delivering the EYFS.
WHERE ENGLAND BEGAN - ALL SAINTS CHURCH, KINGSTON (Delivery March 2019)
Commissioned to write and deliver a script telling the story of King Athelstan and his coronation in the church for Early Years Children.
THE CHRISTMAS CROCODILE - STORY STORKS (Christmas 2018) Arthur Cotterell Theatre (Box Office Rose Theatre, Kingston)
A 1-hour interactive theatre show for 3 to 7 year olds featuring the story of the ‘Kingston Crocodile’, a toy made by the ladies of the Sopwith Aircraft Factory who didn’t want to return to the kitchen sink when the WW1 guns fell silent. 99% sell-out run. Book and score by Sarah Cantrill.
THE THREE LITTLE CHRISTMAS PIGS - STORY STORKS (Christmas 2017) Arthur Cotterell Theatre (Box Office Rose Theatre, Kingston)
A 1 hour interactive theatre show for 2 to 6 year olds featuring a fabulously Christmassy twist on the original tale, because At Christmas time it’s not just the Big Bad Wolf who comes down the Chimney. 96% sell-out run. Book and score by Sarah Cantrill.
PRINCESS ISLAND – STORY STORKS (March 2017) Rose Theatre, Kingston
Created in response to an invitation to be a part of the under 6s program. Forty-minute interactive theatre show for 2 to 7 year olds combining elements of Treasure Island & Cinderella. 100% sell-out run. Book and score by Sarah Cantrill.
THE FORGOTTEN CHRISTMAS ELF – STORY STORKS (Christmas 2016) All Saints Church & Richard Mayo Centre (Box Office Rose Theatre, Kingston)
A 1 hour interactive theatre show for 2 to 7 year olds featuring the original story of Cracker Chimes, a Christmas Elf with imposter syndrome! 80% sell out run. Book and score by Sarah Cantrill.
KING ATHELSTAN & CHUMS – STORY STORKS HERITAGE (June 2015) Rose Theatre, Kingston
A 1 hour theatre show for adults telling the Historically funny yet accurate story of King Athelstan, the first King of England and Britain who was crowned in Kingston. 100% sell out. Book written in conjunction with Glenda Cooper. Score by Ella Grace.
THE THREE LITTLE CHRISTMAS PIGS (NOV 2017)
Picture book written to accompany the show of the same name. Self-published on Amazon in November 2017 as ‘show merchandising’ but went down a storm with the parents so have written others in response. The book is written to enhance the readers ability to deliver a ‘performance’, whilst helping to build vocabulary and phonological awareness in little ones. It’s also wickedly funny. Written by Sarah Cantrill. Illustrated by Hannah Hines.
THE FROG PRINCE (PICTURE BOOK) – Copy Completed
Written in rhyme, we join our spoiled Princess on her mission to get away from the frog, only to discover that he’s actually the perfect person to practise her spin bowl on! A comedic update on the classic, suitable for todays little princes and princesses aged 0 – 7yrs.
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (PICTURE BOOK) - Copy Completed
Written in rhyme, this retelling of the 4,000 year old classic sees Jack discover (and steal) the treasures in the giant’s castle, and also reintroduces the often overlooked character of Jacks father. Beautiful storytelling with wickedly funny characters, suitable for Early Years, KS1 & KS2 children.
CONTESTS AND FESTIVALS
KINGSTON BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS
OCT 2018 - Received a Highly Commended in the Business Commitment to Education and Skills category, beating MacDonalds & Stage Coach!
STORYTELLING – STORY STORKS & STORY STORKS HERITAGE
STORY STORKS WEEKLY WORKSHOPS – AUGUST 2011 TO PRESENT DAY
Story Storks is a social enterprise delivering weekly interactive story workshops to Early Years children designed to enhance children’s Language & Literacy skills in line with the EYFS. They are packed full of madcap fun which means kids also fall in love with stories. The two together give kids everything they need to prepare them for the day they learn to read. As of September 2018, I am storyteller in Residence at Heathmere Primary School, Roehampton. I will be delivering stories to nursery and reception, and working with parents to help them understand the importance of reading to little ones.
In 2014 I set up Story Storks Heritage Ltd, and was awarded a Heritage Lottery grant to write and deliver the story of Kingston Athelstan to EY children. I’ve since created workshops for older children, and continue to deliver this story in schools. This year we completed a second HLF funded project to research the history of ‘The Kingston Crocodile’, the results of which have been turned into this years Christmas Show, ‘The Christmas Crocodile’.
Childrens writing, Theatre
Available upon request