Elaine’s stories vary from original and contemporary to traditional, from personal anecdote to mythology and fantasy. She enjoys stories that ‘work’ on many layers. A child can enjoy one of her tales and engage with it on one level, but it is much more fulfilling when adults understand what the story is really about. It is often surprising that those whom we expect to grasp the essence of a tale can miss the point completely. She hopes that after hearing her stories people ruminate, perhaps subconsciously, on the tale for a wee while afterwards.
Elaine enjoys working interactively with groups like families or special interest groups, where members share a common thread. She has been telling, devising, dramatising and of course, listening to stories for many years in her work as an actress, performing arts teacher and drama therapist. With a decent-sized intimate space, basket loads of hats, and an enthusiastic group a story can be told anywhere, in a ‘nook’ in a café, library or even a bus stop!
Always a performer, Elaine first took to the stage as a child, born and raised in Barrow-in-Furness. She was determined to be accepted into an accredited drama school, an ambition realized at the Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art. For a few years she worked as a static-trapeze artiste in circuses in Europe before Teacher Training in Kendal. This was followed by a post-graduate diploma in Drama Therapy in York. ‘Jackanory’ influenced her a great deal as well as her grandfather’s old wireless valve radio which received foreign language stations from all over the world. She would play with this wireless for hours, always wanting to visit those exotic sounding places. She remains fascinated by language; passionate about travel and travelling people andparticularly enjoys the intimacy of a friendly family gathering where the camp fire remains the focal point, and stories are shared with song and dance, laughter and cheer, wood smoke and music.
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