Spinning Yarns is dedicated to increasing the audience for oral storytelling and performance poetry. As such, we oraganise events and have a range of shows of varying lengths that can be toured to both community and event spaces and to festivals. All shows feature one or more of the collective members. If you'd be interested in booking one of the shows please fill out the contact form below.
"No scripts, no props, no cameras, no books, no pen or paper required. Just the magic of Once Upon A Time"
Hannah Brailsford and Peter Optical invite you to listen and engage with folk tales, fairy stories, wonder tales and myths both from our own shores and around the world, whilst enjoying a cup of tea/coffee and a slice of cake.
Venue: The Palace Theatre, London Rd Southend on Sea Essex
Date: The 1st Wednesday of the Month
Times: 2.30pm -3.30pm
The Collective invite you to listen and engage with folk tales, fairy stories, wonder tales and myths both from our own shores and around the world, whilst enjoying a cup of tea/coffee and a slice of cake.
Venue: Ankes Coffee Shop, London Rd Southend on Sea Essex
Date: 23rd June
Times: 2.00pm -3.30pm
Two storytellers, one musician and a whole host of folk and fairy tales to delight grown ups! Join Hannah Brailsford and Peter Monk as they spin and weave tales old and new from across the land. With the wonderful Isabel Oliver adding beautiful folk songs to the mix.
There was once a girl who wished to make her own way in the world and so it begins.....
Drawn from European folk and fairy tale traditions, Hannah Brailsford weaves together an evening of twisted tales and tales with twists that explore what it is to be human and to make your own way in the world.
Accompanied musically by Peter Monk, the stories blend humour and pathos in equal measure.
"There was nothing twisted about listening and watching Hannah's captivating performance. She has an ability to connect with an audience immediately, building pictures with her words that take you on both an entertaining and thought provoking journey."
One woman’s strength rekindles a flame and so it begins.....
Drawn from European folk and fairy tale traditions, Hannah Brailsford weaves together an evening of stories that explore what happens when the dynamic of ice and fire meet. Whether it’s the mother whose icy heart desires the burning flame of youth or the young man who defeats fire with ice, her tales will take the audience on a playful and poignant journey to warm even the coldest of souls.