Katy Cawkwell, Storyteller Based in Devon

Biography

“Katy’s storytelling style is fluent, eloquent, flowing and altogether faultless... she captivates the audience with beautiful, well voiced characters and understated, but incredibly effective, mannerisms... joyous, visceral and visual.”
Adrian Johnson, Arts Council England, reviewing a performance at the Barbican

"The audience were gripped, not only by the quality of the programme, but by the clear, varied and sensitive style of performing"
London storyclub

"She is an excellent performer with a very real ability to hold an audience with the power of her tale"
Loosewig Theatre

"...one of the most thrilling and promising of a new wave of younger storytellers"
Barbican

I have been working as a professional storyteller since 1996 in venues across the UK and Europe, including a national tour of performances of The Kingdom of the Heart , in collaboration with cellist Sarah Llewellyn-Jones, produced by Adverse Camber and supported by Arts Council England funding. My latest work on tour was The Falcon Bride (18 performances 2014-17) and I am currently launching Iron Teeth, Eaten Heart and Tristan and Iseult.

I create contemporary solo performances for adult audiences, based on traditional source material. My shows have appeared in a wide range of venues: major theatres (inc. Barbican Pit Theatre, Soho Theatre, Derby Guildhall), storytelling clubs and nine international storytelling festivals (inc. a 2 week tour of India in 2016). In 2008, I was one of four storytellers shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Storytelling Fellowship; this led to another performance at the Barbican and a spot on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb.

I also perform and lead storytelling workshops in educational and corporate settings. I have worked in a wide range of schools, government organisations, businesses and museums, including Royal Opera House Adult Education, English National Opera, The Barbican, The British Museum and The National Gallery.

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