#TellYours is a new storyteller development programme aimed at diversifying the stories we hear and the voices of those who tell them. It will be focused on developing up to 8 storytellers interested in reimagining and performing myths, folklore and fairy tales.

The 2016 programme is now closed. Sign up to our newsletter to find out about our 2017 programme as soon as it opens.


1) A one-day workshop with internationally recognised storyteller Chirine El Ansary on Saturday November 19th

2) on-going email support with your mentor, Chirine El Ansary, to develop and refine your story

3) One one-to-one 30 minute story development session with your mentor

4) A complimentary ticket to Magic and Power in The Thousand and One Nights

In the November workshop, you will have an opportunity to look at different aspects of the craft of storytelling, including experimenting with methods of delivery and collective engagement, how to conduct research and how to make old stories yours, among other things.

Submission deadline: Monday 24th October 2016


Chirine El Ansary is a storyteller and a performer born in Cairo and living between Egypt and France. Throughout her career Chirine has performed in ancient buildings, streets and markets of Cairo, Damascus and Aleppo as well as in prisons, refugee camps, remote villages, forests and world-class cultural centres. Her stories brought her to Sanaa, Nairobi, Zanzibar, Johannesburg, Rome, Naples, Rotterdam, Paris, Oslo, Shiraz, Warsaw, Constantine, Beirut, Lyon and London (Barbican Centre 2004/2005/2006, Rich Mix and Soho Theatre amongst others).

Her work includes experimental movement solos, performance poetry, free rewritings of cycles of stories from The One Thousand and One Nights (on which she has been doing extensive research since 1993), her own adaptation of The Hilali Epic, and performances based on her own writings, such as No Return, Hoda Day and Night, and Matrices.

Chirine is a Phd candidate at Goldsmiths College. Her practice-led-research is based on her experience as a storyteller with a focus on the One Thousand and One Nights’. Using the Book as an anchoring point, she concentrates on subversion and embodiment, arguing for a redefinition of performance art in the Middle East.


Kindly supported by The Arts Council, this mentoring programme aims to support emerging storytellers who would benefit from a fully funded development scheme.

If you are interested in the topics covered, and if you feel that the scheme would be beneficial for you, see below for more detail on how to apply.

We particularly encourage applicants from BAME backgrounds and individuals from groups under-represented in the storytelling sector.



Jan Blake – The Old Woman, The Buffalo, and The Lion of Manding

Kate Tempest – Icarus

Clare Murphy – Spirits of Voice

TUUP & Sheema Mukherjee – The King & the Corpse