Type of Artist:
TRADITIONAL AND ORIGINAL STORIES FOR TODAY’S AUDIENCES.
Want To Get Them Listening?
Then let me help you!
Drawing my audience into the story I get them engaged and on side with your event, your topic, your curriculum.
I have two main storytelling portfolios I offer to schools:
• STORYTELLING FOR A LEARNING JOURNEY Topic-based storytelling programmes for KS2
• STORYTELLING FOR ALL
Shows and workshops for all ages
From the Stone Age to WW2…
STORYTELLING FOR A LEARNING JOURNEY offers storytelling shows and activities for KS2 children and their teachers from a choice of ten primary topics.
• Ancient Egypt Isis and Osiris: the classic myth of a god losing her loved one… and discovering the value of compassion.
• Greek Myths Stories of the Iliad, the Odyssey and the Gods of Mount Olympus. Do the Fates control our lives or are we free to choose? For a limited period each term, I feature a genuine Hoplite bronze helmet 2,500 years old as part of the show.
• Romans Can Captain Lycos escape the eruption at Pompeii? Originally composed for the British Museum, this adventure story examines similarities and differences between the Roman world and our own.
• Celts Eye-popping, jaw-dropping tales of forgotten Arthurian magic explore the necessity and the challenges of working as a tribe!
• Anglo-Saxons Monsters beware! Beowulf walks this way… What does it mean to be a hero?
• Vikings The Norse myths! Epic stories of creation and destruction, they confront us with the problem of what to do about evil in the world.
• Victorian Stories Urban Legends and Supernatural Tales! What does it mean to face our deepest fears?
• World War Two A unique collection of true stories, including: my great-aunt’s memories of life in occupied France; a thrilling account of heroism and survival from the ill-fated Dieppe raid of 1942.
• Sussex Stories Memorable images and curious twists characterise these little-known folk-tales: with links to history, geography, literacy and local studies.
STORYTELLING FOR ALL
SHOWS to audiences of all ages and sizes of traditional tales brought to life for the 21st century: dramatic, funny, interactive and thought-provoking.
WORKSHOPS enable participants to re-tell a short story, first in pairs and then working out to a wider audience. They often culminate in a STORYSWAP in which 2 or more classes exchange stories.
TRAINING sessions, from anything between an hour and a day in length, enable educational professionals and others to use storytelling effectively in their working environment.
In Jamie's workshops children learn to tell a traditional story, progressing from pair work to story swaps in which they tell each other stories in small groups.
Jamie's performances and workshops inspire children to take ownership of stories, and provide a great launchpad for creative writing.
Jamie is a qualified primary school teacher with EFL experience, and a member of Equity.
DetailsPreferred age range:
Primary and secondary.
No of sessions per day:
SHOWS up to four sessions
WORKSHOPS: up to six sessions; or a mix of the two!
But SHOWS: normally 30-60 minutes.
WORKSHOPS: around 45 minutes
Areas prepared to travel to:
Nationally and internationally. Accommodation may be required in some parts of the UK. Flights, accommodation and visa fees (where necessary) will be required for international bookings. Jamie lives in East Sussex.
Car @35p per mile OR train
Please email us for details
Hold PLI (public liability insurance):
Equity Public Liability Insurance
Jamie Crawford website
‘He connected with the children straightaway.’ Lindsey Hudson, Head of Alfriston Primary School
‘The impact is not just the one day but about inspiring a whole term of exciting work.’ David Etherton, Head of St Nicolas and St Mary’s Primary School, Shoreham-by-Sea
‘Jamie used a tremendous array of voices, sound effects and actions to really bring Osiris and Isis to life for year 3, who were thoroughly entertained and completely captivated by his highly animated performance.’ Mr Laurence Stead, Head of Middle School St. Christopher’s School, Hove
‘It was excellent value for money - Jamie surpassed all expectations.’ Lindsey Hudson, Head of Alfriston Primary School
‘You inspire me.’ Megan Shasha Maffey, Berrywood Primary School, Southampton
‘I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you from the staff and children of Merlin School! Your stories were fantastic and the children thoroughly enjoyed the sessions with you. We were very impressed today when one of our youngest Reception children recounted the entire story of Arthur and Merlin! You have really inspired them! We will definitely be contacting you about any future events. Many Thanks again.’
Rochelle Tilbury. The Merlin School. Putney.
‘The children and teachers thoroughly enjoyed your wonderful stories that had them all spellbound throughout each session. It inspired the children to get involved with some fabulous creative storytelling of their own… a really fantastic visit.’
Kathryn Gray, Amanda Short & Nicky Hart. School Library Team, Berrywood Primary School, Southampton.
‘You were amazing … my awe and wonder moment was watching James and Chloe,who have no confidence in themselves and who have both been on the special needs register for much of their time with us, blossom during their time with you. Both have gone on to audition for main parts in our Shakespeare production and I really feel that is as a result of their new found confidence.
Again, many thanks - Daphne and I, as well as the children , thought your were awesome!’ Anna Dawson, St. John’s Primary School, Gosport
‘The Story Telling project was hugely beneficial to those who took part. We saw a marked improvement in a number of the boys' attitudes towards writing and group activities and this positivity transformed itself into some pleasing results in their first GCSE controlled assessment. The boys saw that story telling and producing texts need not be onerous and many took real pride in the work they produced - which in itself is a vast improvement of attitude.’
Verity Marlow (Assistant Head with responsibility for English) The Purbeck School
'Jamie visited our School to celebrate World Book Day, whilst sharing Stories from Around the World. During his one day visit he retold Traditional Tales with wit, woven by magic and laughter with his spectacular performance. All children of different ages enjoyed his show and joined in enthusiastically. We travelled across Ghana, Norway, West Africa, England, Siebenburgen, and China, before returning to School for home time.'
Teacher, Cippenham Primary school