Catspaw

Catspaw Authentic Entertainment - v ery special entertainment for special events. Check out our workshops - especially the range of story workshops. Or make your party an event to go down in history with one of our shows from the Dark Ages, Medieval, Viking, Elizabethan periods. Our wedding listings offer something a little different for stag and hen and wedding entertainments.

The Travelling Talesman spins captivating tales from our cultural history and mythology. He brings them to life with a fantastically energetic and charismatic telling. Where relevant he can support the tales with accurate historic detail. He enchants an adult audience as much, if not more so than children, drawing with words a world of archetypal adventure and imagination which movies can but dream of. These stories have been carried to us by generation upon generation of ancestors. The Travelling Talesman continues this tradition and adds his own style and flair in his script free performance.

"50 minutes just flies by! Two tales, one hundred entranced people, one Terrific Talesman." - Mr Downey, Ashfold School.

Just to say we have passed a brilliant afternoon in the company of The Travelling Talesman- spending an afternoon being enraptured by his spinning of tales. The group, many of whom are unable to get out and about have thoroughly enjoyed the time and have plenty to talk about to friends and relatives on returning home. The time has enabled those with serious symtoms to relax and be transported away from their problems. - Staff, Countess Mountbatten House Daycare centre

But again can't thank you enough for entertaining us so well, it really did make my day, and I've already had complimentary comments about your performance..... And now it's all over ... but a wonderful memory - thank you. - Private client:stories and walk on White Horse hill Uffington for 50th birthday

,..were manic but they went very well and Cliff was a huge hit - so marvelous and adaptable - that we look forward to seeing him back again next time. So thanks very much indeed for contributing to the succes of the festival. - Karen Draisey, CIAO festival

"We have laughed, we have cried - these are the emotions roused by wonderful stories and excellent storytelling." - Kiron Wilcox, Ashfold School

This event always sells out and goes down well with the audience and this year was no exception! - regular booking for spooky stories for halloween at Lacock

Romsey Beggar fair- fantastic performance again - audience members

Themes

The following pre-set themes are available. For further details click here or on one of the story themes - or do as many chose to and just leave it to The Travelling Talesman to tailor the tales to the guests and mood of the event on the night.

Classic Tales from mythology and legend: Tales from the Forge; St George and other dragon tails.

Historic sets: Iron Age Tales; Medieval Tales.

Norse Sets: Norse Heroes; From The Creation to Ragnarock; Odin and Thor; Odin; Thor; Loki

Wedding specials: Story Stags, Hen Tales, wedding stories.

Many other sets available. See his own web page for more information. Up to date set lists and pictures.

The Travelling Talesman’s special brand of story telling is suited to many different venues and events and can easily be tailored to suit your needs.

As well as storytelling sessions The Travelling Talesman offers story workshops and Site Specific Interactive Story Experiences where in preparation a story is created from traditional elements to fit a particular site and then presented on site to the guests. This works wonderfully for engaging school groups (or others) with nature, the woodland and trees, and their own imaginations. More details of these sessions coming soon here.

He is equally at home in historical sites (National Trust etc) or public houses and hotels; playing fayres and fetes, or private events such as wedding receptions or birthdays. Outdoor locations also often lend themselves well to storytelling, and some are ideally suited (eg: the story of Wayland the smith told at wayland smithy is fantastic) If you have some thing more unusual in mind then just ask!

Also available as a solo artist or as part of “Longshanks and Talesman” historical tours with a difference, or as part of the “Dark Ages Feast” or of our Norse Feast and other full shows. He is available with musicians, harpist or in other combinations.

Click here for a page of pictures of The Travelling Talesman in action