“A master craftsman, telling old tales with new resonance.” Peter Stevenson, Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival.
Martin Maudsley is a professional storyteller based in the South West of England. He tells stories in theatres, festivals, schools, village halls, pubs, tents and outdoors. His repertoire of stories consists of fresh re-tellings of traditional tales from local legends and earthy folk-tales to magical myths and epic sagas. He uses poetry, music and song alongside stories, and often collaborates with other performers.
Martin regularly works with local and national organisations providing storytelling performances, tailored projects and creative workshops. Recent clients for storytelling projects include: the BBC, Bristol Festival of Nature, Bristol, Paignton and Chester Zoos, Cheltenham Festival of Science, the Eden Project, English Heritage, the Environment Agency, the National Trust, River Cottage HQ, the Soil Association, and several regional Wildlife Trusts.
Martin programmes a night of performance storytelling at the Brewery Theatre (Tobacco Factory) in Bristol and runs a storytelling stage at Shambala Festival. In 2007 he established Bristol Storytelling Festival and was its Artistic Director for a successful 7 years, and also co-founded Folk Tales – a long-running monthly music and acoustic music night. He is a is a patron of Somerset Storytelling Festival, the founder and host of the annual Bristol Story Slam and in 2013 was nominated as a ‘Happiness Champion’ by Happy City Bristol. He was featured on Radio 6music in October 2014 for Apple Day.
Martin is a member of Equity and the Society for Storytelling.