Sophie Snell storyteller
Sophie Snell, professional storyteller for adults and children
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Dragon Trainer

Dragon myths and tales at
Heights of Abraham, August 2010

Contact Sophie:

Tel: 07796 296387

Heanor Festival storytelling

Heanor Festival 2009

"How you kept them so quiet and enrapt was amazing - they were completely caught up in the stories"

"Delightful storytelling. Great fun
and hugely enjoyable, we didn't
want it to end!"

"Very engaging - the boys described
your stories as awesome!"

burghley house

Burghley House
Festival of Surprises, Aug 2010

"Sophie has a wicked sense of humour!
... I have never seen that group so
intent on listening, they were
hanging on to every word!"

"The little stories were great fun."

"We loved the puppets - and the
dragon - fabulous! My little girl is
dragon-mad and was delighted by
the whole thing."

Audience comments 2009 / 10

Stamford Music Festival 2010





Sophie tells for all ages - whether pre-school, primary school age or teenagers and young adults. Sophie regularly works in schools - primary, secondary and pre-school. See the Schools page for more details. She also does a lot of family storytelling at festivals, libraries, historical houses and museums, arts venues, parks, outdoor centres and tourist attractions.

Performances vary from theatres, galleries and festival / special events, storywalks and school assemblies to small, intimate groups, parties, workshops, tales in a tent or round a campfire. Each one is tailored in length and style to suit the setting, age or theme.

With younger children, Sophie combines short, interactive and highly engaging tales with a few favourite props - from her popular dragon to a magical singing bowl or a simple apple.

As children get older, the stories develop in length and sophistication, using humour and a teasing twist and turn of plot to draw the listeners in. Sophie is particularly good at finding stories to engage both boys and girls. Fun, scary, intriguing and atmospheric - her stories are aimed at fascinating and inspiring even the most reluctant listener.

Stories are often selected to follow a client's particular theme or apropriate to whoever turns up on the day. But here are some specific shows you might like to consider. (Note lengths variable to suit.)

The Star Princess For all ages and their families.

In a magical, sun-warmed orchard, a star-crossed romance blossoms. But the young gardener's boy will have to be both bold and clever if he is to win the hand of his royal sweetheart. A mischievous and enchanting concoction of beautiful old-fashioned storytelling and song, perfectly pitched for all the family.

Monsters, Magic and Mayhem For children age 7 +.

There is mischief afoot with this delightful pick and mix of wonder tales from around the world. Magical singing bowls collide with glorious gifts and woodland waifs. A joyous journey of discovery through some of Sophie's favourite tales.

The Green Bottle Pirate and other Tales For children age 2 – 6.

An engaging set of short, interactive tales, perfect for younger listeners. Featuring familiar and fun fairy tales reworked to deliver a satisfyingly fast and furious tumble through the world of traditional tales.

Hairy Scary Stories For children age 7 + and their families.

You never know what you might do if you are hungry enough... Join Sophie as she cooks up a tale or two with her signature dish. There are ghostly apparitions and things that go bump in the night, in this deliciously wicked set of strange and spooky tales. Expect mild peril (not too mild!) and maybe the odd monster or two lurking with intent...

"Sophie has a wicked sense of humour! When it came to the Hairy Toe story, we were killing ourselves with laughter!"

Dragon Tales For children age 7 + and their families.

In 2006, Sophie published a set of her own dragon stories (see Shop). This set is based on some of those stories, complemented by the rich plethora of dragon myths from around the world.

"Colourful, long-lived, and reputedly wise... a dragon exists in many a guise!"

Halloween Hoot For children age 2 - 6 and for age 7 + and their families.

A special collection of tales to celebrate Halloween, or the turn of the season at Samhain. When the veil between the two worlds of the living and the dead is said to be its thinnest. Then the fairies, witches (good or bad), ghoulish ghosts and tricksters are afoot. Perfect for all the fun of Halloween - not to be taken too seriously!

Deep within the Greenwood For children age 7 + and their families.

With the lush green of spring come trees heavy with blossom, balmy breezes soft with the scent of sweetbriar and the trill of birds hidden in the branches. But deep in the forest, where the river flows dark and silent, lies something else. Magic and mischief, sleepless shadows, dragons, fairies and river sprites... and even creatures the woodsman knows nothing about...

Lose yourself in the wonder tales of northern Europe, deep in the dappled glades of its dense forest, where anything could happen.

Bastille For all Key Stage 2 primary school year groups (age 7+)

Woven around the key events leading to Bastille Day (July 14th), this show was commissioned to introduce, in a child-friendly way, the concept behind the French Revolution, the so-called "3 estates" (aristocracy, church and peasants) and the injustices and natural disasters that led to the conflict.

"The French folk tales of the late 18th century are both familiar and fun, but steeped in the social and political unrest of the day - starvation, unemployment and the displacement and disintegration of families. I quickly realised they were the perfect solution to presenting difficult experiences and concepts in an accessible and entertaining way." Sophie Snell.

Sophie uses French language, contextual reference and translation to introduce simple French phrases into the story. Perfect for celebrating a French or History Week, or special exhibition. The show includes a telling of Beauty and the Beast and several contemporaneous French folk tales.

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"One of the best things about storytelling is seeing the look on
teenage or parents' faces as they realise storytelling is just
as entertaining for adults, and the absorbed silence that
suddenly descends on the whole famiy as they are drawn into the
story! It's magic and why I love what I do!" Sophie Snell

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