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Sunday, 29 October 2017 18:41

Halloween Ghost Walks with Granny Cousins

Well I'm well into the Halloween shenanigins with 7 days of telling Ghost Stories to thousands of visitors at Corfe Castle. I love my work with the Nataional Trust - the steady flow of cross generational visitors, welcoming and dedicated volunteers and staff and of course the stunning natural and man made beauty that surrounds you all 360 degrees.

There's the constant sqweals of teddy bear zip wire and the menacing threat of the Trebuchay, but we all enjoy huddling together, telling scary tales (age appropriate of course!) and having a little jig and a dance. 

This year I've collaborated with the lovely Alice Flynn, a local writer, performer and constant ray of sunshine. Alice worked with us to create a very well received Medieval Tryptic at Corfe Castle for 2016 including the harrowing story of the 'Pelican in her piety' and it was great fun to create additional tales to my existing cache of ghoulish yarns.

Then of course there's teaming up with my right hand man good ole 'Red' (Colin Phillimore on our special 'Halloween Ghost Walks of Old Poole Town'. Although I've been doing the Ghost Walks for 20 years this has been for the summer holidays and group bookings (yes we're always available for your special occasion) -we've had a couple of Hen Nights, and several Social Clubs for local businesses, friendship groups etc. We've even developed special walks for Hamworthy, Wimborne and Christchurch. But the Halloween Walks are literally by popular demand. We were getting so many calls asking when we were doing them we thought - well might as well!

Goodly folk come all dressed up (we even had a man in full Wolverine facial fur one year) and bring lanterns and everything. Red's always got a few extra spooks up his grubby old, fishy old sleeves and it's great to get in the spirit (woooooooo!)

We have to use Eventbrite tickets to avoid overloading the amount of people we have coming and the weather usually stays fair for us.

We're SOLD OUT  for this year now, but maybe next year you'll join us eh? or come in the summerholidays on a Wednesday night. Check out comments and photos at the Granny Cousins Ghost Walks of Old Poole Town Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/grannycousins/

Sunday, 01 October 2017 16:08

Granny Cousins Halloween Ghost Walks

Award Winning! Now in its 20th Year.

Halloween walks coming in October...

Tickets via Eventbrite booking sites only, thank you.

Saturday 28 October at 7.00pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-ghost-walk-with-granny-cousins-28th-october-tickets-37723962387?aff=efbeventtix

and Monday 30 October at 8.00pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-ghost-walk-with-granny-cousins-30th-october-tickets-37724409725?aff=efbeventtix

Dress up as your favourite spooky character and join in the fun...

Bring torches too...

Local Victorian character Granny Cousins and her sidekick 'Red' will take you on an entertaining and informative evening walk telling you about some of the people that have lived, worked and....haunted this ancient fishing port.

“Brilliant walk this evening - thanks Granny! Some great ghost stories, and the history of Poole brought to life. If you are a local or a visitor I'd recommend you get to one of the walks you won't be disappointed!”

View the facebook page...

Fore more information call: 07977 969080

Meet outside Scaplen's Court Museum, Sarum Street, Poole. Approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
Adults £8, Children £5, Family 2 adults 2 children, £24

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 17:36

LAND Latest Production with the National Trust

I've been working for 18 months on a new project called LAND that will be premiered at Corfe Castle - this Saturday and Sunday. LAND is part of the National Trust's: 'Land, Nature and Outdoors' strategy that is being piloted in the Purbecks, Swanage and Corfe area. The LON Strategy is to engage people in a ten years (and ongoing) relationship with the land management and conservation

I was able to be successful in receiving an Arts Council G4A grant that has ensured a high quality of scriptwriting, directing, making and design. 

Starting at Corfe Castle on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 of September Colin Phillimore and myself will be bringing our work along with Amy Rose (Director), Sarah Corbett, Teresa Grimaldi (Puppets), Chris Perie (Puppeteering advice) alive to thousands of visitors over the next four successive weekends:

http://bit.ly/2g5HQ1v

Performances are FREE, but you will need to pay the entrance fee for Corfe Castle or use your National Trust membership card.

I am very pleased to take the piece to the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival where I have performed over the last 6 successive years:

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth

http://bit.ly/2xXvPzH

The Gardens of Russell-Cotes Museum

http://bit.ly/2eTehfC

Performances are FREE 

Associate Artist and award winning actress Michele O’Brien shares her relationship with Gena in this funny, tender, heart-felt performance drawn from workshops across the area. This show is directed by Katherina Radeva.

mother-daughter-lighthouse-theatre

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Wednesday 8th March 2017 @ 8pm
Venue: Sherling Studio, Lighthouse, Poole BH15 1UG
Ticket Box Office: 01202 280000
Before the show there will be a display of photos and an interactive installation.

mother-daughter-lyric-theatre-performance-workshop

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Friday 10 March 2017 @ 8pm
Venue: Lyric Theatre, 9 Barrack Street, Bridport DT6 1LX
Ticket Box Office: 01308 424240
Doors open @ 7.00pm with an exhibition of the research and work that took place in workshops in Dorset over the last year.

Saturday 11 March @ 11.00am-12.30pm
Venue: Lyric Theatre, 9 Barrack Street, Bridport DT6 1LX
Ticket Box Office: 01308 424240
A free memory workshop for Mothers and Daughters 16yrs+

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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 10:01

Celebrating Shakespeare 2016

Another of my two great passions brought together. The Bard and bringing interactive and child-led storytelling to the under 5's. I love the disciplines of Vivian Gussin Paley, fantasy play and the Reggio Emilia Approach from Italy http://www.aneverydaystory.com/beginners-guide-to-reggio-emilia/main-principles/

I have been very pleased to be commissioned by the Society of Chief Librarians and partners, to provide storytelling for under 5's in Dorset Libraries.

"It's got to be fairies!" we said as I planned and devised with Colin Phillimore who set about creating: a 'Will 'o the wisp'ish Puck, assorted gossama fairies, The Mechanicals: Lion, Moon, Piramus and Thisbe - not forgetting the all important 'Wall'. Of course casting Piramus as a vegetable allows us to indulge one of our favourite Shakespeare's lines: "Eyes as green as Leeks!"

It's off to Christchurch and Blandford Libraries Tuesday 8 November and Bournemouth and Poole Libraries on Thursday 10 November.

Sorry "if we shadows have offended!"

I always enjoy working with the team at Wimborne Community Theatre and the Priests House Museum in Wimborne, Dorset. I have been collaborating with Tony and Gill Horitz for nearly 20 years and their work is always engaging and relevant, wanting to add to our understanding of culture, history and heritage.

'Tommy's Sisters' is a welcome chance to work on film with Dorset-based Alastair Nisbet, along with regular invitations from Arts University Bournemouth Director's courses. It's a very different acting discipline and a welcome diversion into another world of acting. 

I am looking forward to viewing the finished product on Friday.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 13:16

Halloween Special with Granny Cousins

Award Winning! Now in its 20th Year.

Halloween walks coming in October...

Tickets via Eventbrite booking sites only, thank you.

Saturday 28 October at 7.00pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-ghost-walk-with-granny-cousins-28th-october-tickets-37723962387?aff=efbeventtix

and Monday 30 October at 8.00pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-ghost-walk-with-granny-cousins-30th-october-tickets-37724409725?aff=efbeventtix

Dress up as your favourite spooky character and join in the fun...

Bring torches too...

Local Victorian character Granny Cousins and her sidekick 'Red' will take you on an entertaining and informative evening walk telling you about some of the people that have lived, worked and....haunted this ancient fishing port.

“Brilliant walk this evening - thanks Granny! Some great ghost stories, and the history of Poole brought to life. If you are a local or a visitor I'd recommend you get to one of the walks you won't be disappointed!”

View the facebook page...

Fore more information call: 07977 969080

Meet outside Scaplen's Court Museum, Sarum Street, Poole. Approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
Adults £8, Children £5, Family 2 adults 2 children, £24

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 11:09

10 October Shelley Theatre Mothers & Daughters

The culimination of the first stage of Mothers and Daughters: 'I'm GladI Asked' at the Shelley Theatre in Bournemouth as part of the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival.

I have been working with local artist Denise Poote on workshops around Dorset collecting stories and images from Mothers and Daughters. An exhibition and installations will be on display from 7.00pm on Monday 10 October before the premier of my one woman (+puppet, by Teresa Grimaldi!) show.

After two weeks of devising and rehearsing with Director Katherina Redeva (2 Destination Language) I will now be fine tuning and crafting the piece and you can buy tickets via the Festival website:

http://bit.ly/2cISYjo

Medieval Storytelling at Corfe

We're so enjoying meddling with Medieval Dorset and the close links with Normandie. Working Colin Phillimore (le Jongleur) and writer/deviser Alice Flynn and digging deep (!) into the detritus at Corfe Castles everyday business and especially the Garderobe (or the toilet to you and me). 

I find it so animating to be presented with the challenges of a vast amount of historical data and wonderful stories and crafting them with other artists into an interpretation that i s both educational and entertaining, with a few laughs on the way.

If you have read my Twitter post @StorytellerUK you will have read what the children replied when we asked them if they needed anything else from our first performances:

"more about poo, bottoms and cleaning your bottom after the garderobe" 

out of the mouths of babes!

Anyway - this week it's King John (Boo!)

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September

11.30,1.00pm and 2.30pm 

and then it's Edward I (urm! Hooray!)

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September

11.30,1.00pm and 2.30pm

Hope to see you there and come and say hello!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 10:02

Rehearsals Week 2

Working hard to bring the show together.

Feeling a little overwhelmed.

The responses to the monkey survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CTMVB53 are very powerful and allow me to tell our story too. Thank you!

Trying to find honesty and truth in every word.

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