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
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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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.
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’.
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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.
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
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.
stories to change, drive, and provide perspective
Applied Storytelling Skills
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
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
Stories to Stimulate Discussion
Brought in by Aesop to use a relevant and culturally appropriate traditional story to explore company narrative and public perception of it.