• RACHEL ROSE REID

    - STORYTELLER -

    Immense skill and breathless conviction
    ...There's no faulting Reid's command of her craft
    The Times

     Bringing together the narratives and songs of her own ancestors,

    and the tales shared by neighbours and friends throughout London,

    Rachel works to keep oral tradition dust-free and fresh-faced
    from rock festivals to theatres, campfires to concert halls.

  • WHO I WORK WITH

    London Symphony Orchestra

    Storyteller

    LSO Discovery Concerts are a chance for families to explore the orchestra together.  These tales were tailor-made to match the world of the music, not only introducing their themes, but cultural origin, too.

     

    Southbank Centre

     

    Storyteller / Spoken Word / Workshops

    Multiple adventures with the Southbank Centre. From hosting a Poetry Library Takeover night to celebrate the centenary of its collection, to a New Year's Eve special late night recital, storytelling for the London Literature Festival and family workshops for their Seaside Weekend.

    British Council

    Workshop Leader / Storyteller

    Guest Artist for the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Teaching workshops for adults and children, as well as performing in theatres and art centres.

    read about a visit to British Council Malta

    Billy Bragg

    Woody Guthrie Concert: Commission

    A commissioned narrative poem for Summer Sundae festival, marking Woody Guthrie's centenary, opening for Billy Bragg's main festival set.

    listen here

    Royal Shakespeare Company

    Workshop Leader / Storyteller

    Work with the RSC's Learning & Performance Network, creating a story linking scenes from Othello (developed by a number of schools) into a single compelling performance

    Young Friends of the British Museum

    Workshop Leader / Storyteller

    Regular workshops and stories created to match current exhibitions at the Museum.

    Rachel has a large repertoire of stories that can be tailored for many different themes and topics. would recommend Rachel for any of your events that require storytellers.

    Sarah Kinsella, British Museum

    BBC Radio 3

    Charles Dickens: Commission

    A narrative poem commissioned for BBC Radio's flagship cabaret of spoken word.

    listen here

    Apples & Snakes

    Workshop Leader / Storyteller / Poet

    I run workshops and perform around the country for the UK's leading organisation for performance poetry in England, Birmingham, London, Plymouth and more. 

    EFDSS

    Creative in Residence

    A project exploring folktales brought to England by immigrants from around the World, working with City & Islington ESOL Students, DJ Downlow, and Leo Kay

    see more here

    The Roundhouse 

    London Stone

    An a cappella sound-scaped story stretching from the Peasants Revolt, through Occupy to the current day, strung through with reworked protest songs. Performed for Old Vic New Voices, Latitude and BBC Radio 3

    listen to an excerpt here

    Festivals

     

    Spoken Word / Stories / Songs 

    Hosting fire-circles and story-rounds

    Burning Man (Center Camp Stage), Norwegian Storytelling Festival, Words Festival (Denmark), Contos de Liberdades (Portugal) Alden Biesen Festival, (Belgium), Westcountry Storytelling Festival, Brighton Arts Festival, Secret Garden Party, Latitude, Camp Bestival, Cock & Bull Festival, London Literary Festival; Swindon Festival of Literature; YARNFest BAC Scratch Festival; Festival at the Edge; Beyond the Border; Sidmouth International Festival of Folk Arts; 

    Spoken Word & Acoustic Nights

    Spoken Word / Stories / Songs

     

    Crick Crack Club (Pit Theatre, Barbican; Soho Theatre, Northern Stage, Newcastle; RichMix); Hit the Ode, Birmingham; Nuffield Theatre, Southampton; London; Swindon Festival of Literature;  YARNFest;  BookSlam; Woodburner;  TongueFu; London; OutSpoken;  Jazz Verse Jukebox; Bang Said the Gun, London; Lyrically Challenged, London; Word of Mouth, Bristol Old Vic, Shakespeare & Co (France); Nuyorican Poets' Café, First Sunday Stories (USA)

  • STORYTELLING

    Sibilla

     

    (Working Title)

     

    On a walk through the woods, you pause for breath. Leaves shuffle in the breeze, something inside you answers back.
    Whilst walking 200 miles through a remote part of Italy last year, Rachel collected folk tales, mythology, geology local gossip, and the stories of families who've lived on the same land for generations. A storytelling performance, currently 60 minutes long.

    Three Acres and a Cow

    A History of Land Rights & Protest in Folk Song and Story

    In Three Acres And A Cow, Rachel Rose Reid and Robin Grey connect The Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with the 90’s road protests and current food sovereignty movement via the Enclosures and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people’s history of Britain in folk song, stories and poems.

    Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.

    see more here

    I'm Hans Christian Andersen

    Tearing the Sugar Coating from Disney's vision of the great storyteller

    “On the radio they said that he wrote the Little Mermaid whilst staying on an island to the East of Denmark, avoiding the wedding of the person he loved…”
    This show weaves between Andersen's unconventional life, the stories he stitched his experiences into, and our own modern obsessions with living ‘happily ever after’.

    ✮✮✮✮ The Times ✮✮✮✮ The Independent ✮✮✮✮ British Theatre Guide

    Songs from the Sea

    A cabaret of sea songs and stories

    Salty ballads and windswept stories from Dr Clive (The Curiosity Cabaret; White Mischief) and Rachel Rose Reid. 
    With shanties to sing together, folk tales to sink into, and lullabies to bring you back home.

    “A glimpse of magic” The Guardian

    Language and Life

    Songlines through a vanished city

    Rachel conjures the ghosts of her father's childhood in the Yiddish East End of London, where anarchists, rabbis, poets and shoemakers packed into a square mile side by side.  Rachel unpacks songs her parents wrote over thirty years ago, accompanied by pianist David Harrod. 

  • KIDS!

    Everyday Magic

    Associate Storyteller

    For the last ten years Everyday Magic has been delivered by an association of 16 storytellers, artists, visual artists and musicians who captivate, inspire and excite the imaginations of children aged 3-11 with their special brand of magic. I regularly visit other schools, please get in touch.

    read more here

    The Story Museum

    Guest Storyteller

    Around the City, in unusual spaces, telling stories of adventure and discovery, to celebrate the day that Alice in Wonderland was written in Oxford.

    read more here

    Storytelling Training for Parents & Educators

    Workshop Leader

    Workshops for parents and educators teach essential storytelling skills, learning how to adapt stories, and engage young audiences. These workshops have been taught around the world.

    House of Fairytales

    Ministry of Stories

     

    Guest Artist

    From a full schedule of storytelling sessions at Camp Bestival to running half-term workshops turning plants into poetry, it has been great to work with both of these respected, innovative organisations, who stretch to meet the boundless imaginations of children.

  • BUSINESS 

    stories to change, drive, and provide perspective

    Narrative Workshops

    Applied Storytelling Skills 

    London, England

     

    Workshops to understand the power of imagination and clarity in storytelling. Why it's important to do nothing, how to stimulate the imagination of your listeners, perspective and the impact of your choices.

     

    Global Brand Strategy Meeting

    Commissioned Story for Jameson's Whiskey

    Dublin, Ireland

     

    A new story to revive the imagination of the team, find new information and narratives that might influence the strategy for the following year. The story was performed for the group, and discussed afterwards. It pulled together strands of Irish Mythology, the history of the Jameson family, as well as that of the people of Dublin.

     

    London Annual Meeting: Story

    After Dinner Tales and Q&A about Storytelling

    Dubai / London, England

     

    Legatum is an Investment Company, with a Foundation that aims to liberate those suffering abject poverty. Legatum allocates grants which have meaningfully improved the lives of more than 64 million people since 1999. Finding a story to tell at their AGM involved exploring their interests and cultural origin. We finally settled on an ancient tale from the Middle East in which a daughter saves her family from destitution through her smart business sense.

     

    In the Face of Change

    The Boeing Company: Stories to Stimulate Discussion

    London, England

     

    Brought in by Aesop to use a relevant and culturally appropriate traditional story to explore company narrative and public perception of it.

     

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