• COMMISSIONS

    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.

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    BBC Radio 3

    Charles Dickens: Commission

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

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    Residencies

    Creative in Residence

    BBC Radio 3 (Dickens Bicentenary), Saison Poetry Library, Dickens Museum, Billy Bragg's Woody Guthrie Centenary Concert, English Folk Dance & Song Society Creative in Residence, Royal Shakespeare Company Learning & Performance Network, Young Friends of the British Museum

    Festivals

    London Stone

    Glastonbury Festival; Kings Place Festival, Burning Man (Center Camp Stage), Norwegian Storytelling Festival, Words Festival (Denmark), Contos de Liberdades (Portugal) Alden Biesen, (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 (Wales); Sidmouth International Festival of Folk Arts;

    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)

  • Full Length Shows

    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. 

    Silence

    Uncovered & Retold

    In Development: In the whole World, only one manuscript unfolds the Roman de Silence. An Arthurian legend had been waiting for seven hundred years to be found. But it was 1911. Suffrage protests were at their explosive height. And this story suggests that King Arthur's lineage depended very much on female emancipation. So the tale itself was silenced. Until now.

    Sibilla

    Stories in the Mountains

    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.

    I'm Hans Christian Andersen

    All of the Fairytale, None of the Sugar

    “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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    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.

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    Songs from the Sea

    A Cabaret of Sea Songs & 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. This show has sailed at the Green Note Cafe, and at the Kings Place Festival.

    “A glimpse of magic” The Guardian