The Programme for 2021

Each year we have a mix of the planned and the spontaneous.  The planned includes a sample of Britain's finest storytellers as well as some family-friendly theatre.  Acts confirmed include:

Sef Townsend

Sef has been sharing stories for more than twenty five years. Often working with refugees and asylum detainees, he tells in churches, mosques, and synagogues, and has been involved in peace & reconciliation projects internationally. Recent story-sharing, workshop-giving & research has taken him from China to Chile, from South Africa to the West Bank.

“Sef is a master storyteller - wholly connected to his stories and fully engaged with his audience. A rare and wondrous treat for seasoned storytellers and new-to-storytelling crowds alike! Highly recommended.” - Nell Phoenix, StoryNight at Torriano

“Sef Townsend conjured up visions … conveyed in effective and chilling ‘sprechgesang’ .” - The Stage

"Absolutely bizarre but entirely captivating . . . thanks to the supreme detail in his every expression and movement . . . left me open-mouthed and my skin frosty" - The Arbutarian, London

Sarah Rundle 
Sarah got locked in a laboratory but tunnelled her way to freedom. She ran away to drama school, and has been a storyteller for ten years.
She has performed for the British Council, Wellcome Foundation, Geffrye Museum, National Trust, Stockholm’s Fabula Story Café, the Nivesh Festival in Delhi, and Festival at the Edge.

“The most enjoyable ‘Gawain and the Green Knight’ I have yet seen. It storms along with an intelligent irreverence, yet is able to be truly magical when wonder is called for. It sparkles with a particularly glorious English humour.” - Ben Haggarty

"Sometimes I come across work so remarkable that I need everyone else to experience it too.  Sarah creates just such work." - Jonathan Lambert
Drew Colby
Drew has toured theatres and venues on five continents, and has been seen on television in programmes such as Not Going Out (BBC), 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown (C4) and Trust (BBC). His shows have won awards including the 2018 Phoenix Arts Club cabaret award on the West End in London and the audience choice award for Best Show at the 2019 Newcastle Puppetry Festival.

“Here is a performer at the top of his game, who has a fertile imagination and meticulously crafted technique. He seems to have more than two hands as he creates birds which morph into swans which become something entirely new. He uses cartoon gags, like big animals eating little ones, then the little ones escaping via a colourful regurgitation. He never stays in one story context for long, switching – as children so often do when they play – from one story to the next with no need for a logical link.- Pamela Hall, The Croydon Citizen