Literary Tales

Alastair K Daniel

The Hound of the Baskervilles

In Sherlock Holmes' most famous adventure, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tells a tale of greed, murder and a mythical beast.

Alastair Daniel tells 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' in typical exuberant style encouraging maximum participation from students who take on the roles of heroes and villains.

duration 60 minutes

As debates on cloning and genetic modification fill our newspapers, it is perhaps a good time to revisit the original story of human intervention in natural processes. Mary Shelley's classic tale of gothic horror is given life through the use of puppetry and student participation in portraying both enemies and victims of the monster.

duration 75 minutes

Students enter a battle against the prince of vampires and journey from the snow-topped mountains of Transylvania to London via the  picturesque town of Whitby. On this journey of blood and madness they enter they help create a gothic atmosphere and take on roles which bring them into the company of life-sized puppet vampires which rise from the dead to seek their victims.

Duration 75 minutes
Oscar Wilde's
The Picture of Dorian Gray

Starting from a short telling based on Wilde's text, this presentation develops into a workshop during which students devise their own re-telling of key scenes in which they attempt to prevent the downfall of Dorian Gray.

70 Students Maximum
Duration 90 minutes
The Canterville Ghost

The tale of the Canterville Ghost's attempts to scare the Otis family back across the Atlantic remains one of Oscar Wilde's most popular, uplifting and frequently filmed short stories. In this telling puppetry and storytelling are combined with full audience participation.A selection of Wilde's fairy stories such as The Selfish Giant and The Happy Prince, can accompany this telling.

duration 60 - 90 minutes
The Happy Prince
and Other Stories

Oscar Wilde has provided some of the best-loved children's stories. The Happy Prince and Other Stories brings to life a selection of tales such as The Selfish Giant, The Remarkable rocket and The Fisherman and His Soul.

duration 45 - 90 minutes
Treasure Island

All the familiar characters from Jim Hawkins’ voyage to the Island of Treasure are here: Captain Smollett, Long John Silver, Israel Hands and Ben Gunn along with a crew of pirates and Captain Flint, the shoulder-riding parrot. As this adventure story unfolds students take on roles of friends and pirates, find themselves hoisting the Hispaniola’s sails, firing pistols and singing as they work – and all the while as the tale is told, essential information about the lives of 18th century pirates and seafarers is fed into the telling.

Duration 75 minutes
The Importance of  Being Earnest

In a session which combines participatory storytelling with workshop activities, the Story Tent version of Oscar Wilde’s most sparkling comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest, explores the nature of humour in language. From wit and word play to double entendre examples are drawn from the text and demonstrated within their dramatic context in a telling  that has rapidly become one of the most popular in the repertoire.

    Duration 90 mins
    Maximum of 100 students

Canterbury Tales


In this telling we travel from London to Canterbury in the company of the Knight, the Miller, the Nun's Priest, the Wife of Bath and the Pardoner and, depending on the level of bawdiness we can tolerate, we share some or all of these pilgims' tales in modern English.


duration 75 minutes

The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Canterbury Tales
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Canterville Ghost