These practical sessions give an understanding of the text to both academic students
and those with low literacy levels.
It is preferable for the students to have no prior knowledge of the text as Mary
begins each session telling the basic story.
The students then work in groups improvising scenes from the play and developing
the characters in those scenes.
This leads to an in-depth understanding of the original Shakespeare even for students
with low literacy skills. The English teachers are then able to develop the work
begun by Mary, needing to teach only the examination scenes.
“Her stories are very close to the original [Greek] myths in content but have
been suitably adapted for school students. This makes them particularly accessible
for students of Classics. The performances are enlivened by her clever use of costume,
variety of accents and vocabulary to represent the different characters she portrays
and very clear voice projection... Our students responded very positively to her
Head of Classics High Storrs School, Sheffield
Since 1986, calling herself, The Travelling Storyteller, Mary has written plays for
all ages and performs them in a studio type setting (can be a large classroom). She
offers a high class performance in theatre, changing costumes and characters quite
distinctively in front of the audience.
Her exciting performances of plays about Ancient Greece are dramatically portrayed
using stunning costumes, masks, traditional storytelling techniques and the acting
of the characters.
It is preferable for the students to have no prior knowledge of the stories as Mary,
in collaboration with Edwin Hunt classicist and author of The Westfield Greek Course,
uses as her source material, the original Ancient Greek.
The plays have a relevant introduction about the Greek way of life so that the plays
are fully understood.