Performances


Tales from the Dark Side of Christmas.












Don’t expect twee Christmas stories with happy endings – this is more of a mescal cocktail than a steaming mug of Horlicks.


“A lonely girl pleading for help… a voodoo nightmare…an old grandfather saved by a baby…and maybe, just maybe, something a little more heart warming to send you on your way – but no promises.”


Audience comments for ‘Tales from...’


“What a wonderful evening, Lovely, very successful mix...”

“Very moving, incredibly entertaining and wonderfully enthralling – when’s the next one? “


Bullfighting widows and Haunted Cows - tales from Milpa Alta, Mexico




“Bullfighting Widows and Haunted Cows” is an exploration of the folk tales of Milpa Alta, Mexico. The stories of Mexico are full of heroes and villains; of malevolent spirits and kind ghosts; of innocent victims and scheming priests. Let Mike guide you through these tales, taking care not to lose anyone on the way – por que hay muchas cosas extraños y nuevos, viviendo mas alla...



 

What else?


Mike is constantly updating and refining his repertoire: food related tales; ghost stories from the American south; Chinese miracle tales...to name but a few. He often uses music and song to reflect the mood of a story, from American blues to Mexican Huapango.

Halloween Storytelling in Solihull


A man stands by a railway track, watching people crowded on the roof of the train - fleeing poverty and violence, or just visiting loved ones. He is plunged into a  reverie, obsessing over home and what it means to those on the roof, and what it means to him, before exploring stories of those desperate to return home - over mountains and rough terrain, through war zones and dangerous ground...and even from beyond the grave.

A Lancashire Hotpot


Mike returns to his northern roots to dig up stories of boggarts, clog fighting gorillas and ghostly undertakers...a mad mix that ranges from the bizarre to the heart breaking.

The Returned - sometimes they come back

Souvenirs

introducing a tale from Zacatecas at The British Museum in 2015

A collaboration with multi-talented Brazilian storyteller Ana Maria Lines www.annazonia.com , blending world stories with song and dance - something very different and loved by audiences throughout the Midlands:

Absolutely brilliant. The whole programme fitted together so well. The music and dance complemented the stories so well, especially with another language thrown in! It must have taken so much work. Thanks!”


Twisted Tales for Lovers


When asked for a Valentine’s Day performance, Mike decided that an antidote to saccharine hearts, flowers and teddy bears was needed: a friend with a broken heart seeks comfort in tales of love, but the teller struggles to find anything suitable, instead dredging up stories where love comes in the strangest of forms. A sort of Arabian Nights. With cider.


Strange Encounters - Big Cats, Boggarts and Balderdash


Some years ago, Mike chanced upon one of Derbyshire's mythical big cats. Over the years, listeners to this tale have chosen to think him mad, or drunk, rather than believe him. In an attempt to persuade people of the truth, Mike has delved into the story mine to bring together a collection of even stranger encounters, which make a puma in Dovedale seem as mundane as finding a baguette in a bakery.


Oh Brother...


When he was five years old, Mike’s older brother told him that he was really a piglet that had been adopted by his parents, who had felt sorry for the little porker. In a show full of anger, tenderness and humour, Mike reminisces on his turbulent relationship with his brother. He finds reflections, revenge and solace in a fabulous selection of connected stories, from the Mayan hero twins to a platonic ideal of brotherhood from Korea.