nikky smedley

The Tell Woman

Here's where you can catch up on the latest progress and news about Nikky Smedley's magical new show for the under tens and their families. We have a dedicated website for the touring show - www.thetellwoman.com - with lots of extra information, games, videos and a chance to tell the Tell Woman yourselves.

In 2007, Nikky completed a three month period of Research and Development funded by Arts Council England, West Midlands, and in 2008, set up The Tell Woman Collective, to support the various projects developing under the banner of THE TELL WOMAN - in particular the solo storyteller events, and the brand new touring stage show, with a cast of five performers and myriad puppets.

2009 saw the creation, production and tour of the marvellous movement-filled, terrifically transporting, incredibly inspirational full-length dance theatre piece THE TELL WOMAN.

In 2010 the production will be touring once more from April - June, see below for your chance to be part of this not-to-be-missed extravaganza.

nikky smedley as The Tell Woman
Nikky Smedley as The Tell Woman

 

 

 

THE TELL WOMAN
STORYTELLER EVENT ONE
"The Story of Sam"



"I am THE TELL WOMAN, how I came to be, how I came to know the Tell of the World....well, that is my story, and I must start with the Tell of the Beginning"

The Tell Woman is a brand new fantastical fairytale for the under tens, a modern day Alice in Wonderland, an adventure through shared imaginings.

The landscape of the story of The Tell Woman is a gigantic skirt, from which she emerges from the waist up, and through whose various panels, flaps and slits, a myriad of weird and wonderful characters appear.

The storyteller wears this skirt for the event, taking the role of The Tell Woman and she, her puppets and the children themselves act out the other inhabitants of this world.

This interactive experience combines storytelling, role play, making and movement, using the tale of The Tell Woman as a framework into which the children's ideas are woven. The children can enact elements of the story, physically and/or verbally, combining experience of narrative with developmental movement and linguistic skills.

The Storyteller Event has had a 40 date tour during 2008 - 2009, and we are continuing to take bookings for 2010. Full details can be obtained through this website's contact email address. Each event lasts 45-60 minutes, with the option of an associated / extended visual art element, and is suitable for groups of around 20-30 children.

THE TELL WOMAN COLLECTIVE gratefully acknowledge funding for the Storyteller Event by Heart of England Community Foundation.

Heart of England Community Foundation

 

THE TELL WOMAN
STORYTELLER EVENT TWO
"Rhymin' Time"

Following the positive response of our young audiences to the character of The Tell Woman, and a full year of sell-out performances, she is now bringing a new collection of stories out on tour.

As The Tell Woman is indeed, “The Teller of all Tales, Creator of all Dreams, Guardian of all Myth and Keeper of all Stories”, she has an ever-growing repertoire of fantastic fables with which to entertain.....

......and what is highly fashionable in storyworld at the moment is rhyming..... and funny, well rhyming and funny, funny rhymes, funny rhyming stories, that’s it, that’s what’s fashionable - FUNNY RHYMING STORIES.

In this show The Tell Woman shares four: “The Monster Tree”, “What Shall We Take?”, “Crikey Eyes” and “What’s the Matter with Roland J?”

The children still get to sit around the magic skirt, everyone still gets to join in and contribute their own ideas, secrets are still hidden in the fabric for boys and girls to find and fun is still writ LARGE.

The Rhymin’ Time show lasts 45-60 minutes, with the option of an associated / extended visual art element, and is suitable for groups of around 20-30 children. Full details are available via the contact page of this website.

THE TELL WOMAN -
FULL LENGTH DANCE
THEATRE PIECE

The Story

Our central character, Sam, is in bed, centre stage. The set is outsized duvet and curtains. Sam is playing with a doll. Accidentally, with a gestural spell, a physical amulet, Sam instigates a magical transformation. The bedroom mutates and shifts, a sea of cloth, the doll is lost, Sam struggles to stay afloat, until the cloth forms a giant skirt, encompassing most of the stage, and from the centre of which THE TELL WOMAN (Sam’s doll come to life) emerges from the waist up.

The skirt has many panels, flaps and passageways from which various characters and scenarios emerge to help or hinder as Sam strives to solve the puzzles and learn the Tells. Overcoming seemingly endless snakes of hair; winning over the negative opposite upside-down Squabbler; swimming with Elbow Dolphins; confused by The Confusers, made only of hands; and befriending their monstrous invisible pets , The Snufflers...... will Sam finally choose to go home or to stay?

For full venue details and links for our tour, background details and the chance to tell the tell woman.....please go to www.thetellwoman.com

 

 

Tour dates

THE TELL WOMAN STORYTELLER EVENT - "RHYMIN’ TIME"

December 19th THE BELGRADE , COVENTRY 02476 553 055
January 30th THE BELGRADE , COVENTRY 02476 553 055
May 4th STRATFORD ON AVON LITERARY FESTIVAL 01789 207100

THE TELL WOMAN - FULL LENGTH DANCE THEATRE PIECE

APRIL 3rd 11.30am & 2.30pm THE JUNCTION - CAMBRIDGE www.junction.co.uk
01223 511511
APRIL 10th 11.00 am & 2.00 pm THE MERLIN - FROME www.merlintheatre.co.uk
01373 465949
APRIL 11th 12pm & 3pm ARTS DEPOT - FINCHLEY, NORTH LONDON www.artsdepot.co.uk
0208 369 5454
APRIL 18th 3pm SALISBURY ARTS CENTRE www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk
01722 321744
MAY 6th 2pm STRATFORD CIRCUS - EAST LONDON www.stratford-circus.com
0844 357 2625
JUNE 3rd 2.30pm SOLIHULL ARTS COMPLEX www.solihull.gov.uk/arts
0121 704 6962
JUNE 24th 1.30pm & 5.30pm WORCESTER SWAN www.worcesterlive.co.uk
01905 611427

 

 

FEEDBACK

nikky smedley is the tell woman

And here is a selection of feedback from the various THE TELL WOMAN events:


“Grace (was) completely enraptured and Eleanor and I were transfixed throughout”

“It was very clever....a brilliant storyline”

“Beautiful, very visual and artistic...thank you for taking time to meet the children after”

“I really did like it all, it felt like it came straight out of my own head”

“I would like to come again”

“I really enjoyed the storytime at Rugby library. All of it was great. I liked joining in and especially liked being the fly and walking through the poo! I liked playing with the snake and being the hands as well. It was good to make our own hand puppet.
I hope that I can come to another storytime.”

“All very good, children were enthralled and attentive throughout, all keen to participate.....after (the) class talked about story, some children re-enacted through imaginative play, some drew pictures. Thank you – please come again.”

“(My favourite bit was) unfurling the duvet and creating the magic spell, it set the scene for a magical story – but it was all good. The children themselves were keen to act out the story and/or draw pictures....a good experience for the children, to interact with the story and have something big and visual to interact with.”

“Your story was amazing.”

“It was like Alice in Wonderland.”

“I loved going over there with the flies.....the Snuffler poo was really funny.”

“It was like Dr Who....really scary, but sort of not.....you know, how kids love...safe scary.”

 

 

For full tour schedule, background details and the chance to tell the tell woman.....please go to www.thetellwoman.com

 

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