Cast announced for In the Winter Wood

October 25, 2018

Casting has now been announced for In the Winter Wood, a sublime new show for Ages 3-6 devised and performed by Jan Blake


Jan will share the role with Laura Sampson, who will perform select dates.

About Jan Blake

As one of the leading storytellers, Jan Blake has been performing worldwide for over twenty-five years. Specialising in stories from Africa, the Caribbean, and Arabia, she has a well-earned reputation for dynamic and generous storytelling. Recent highlights include Hay Festival, where she was storyteller in-residence, the Viljandi Harvest Festival in Estonia and TEDx Warsaw.

As well as performing at all the major storytelling festivals both nationally and internationally, she works regularly with the British Council, leads storytelling workshops for emerging storytellers, and gives masterclasses for teachers, brands, and businesses. She also regularly captivates school children with mesmerising stories.

In 2011, she was the recipient of the biannual Thüringer Märchen Preis, awarded to scholars or performers who have devoted their lives to the service of storytelling. As part of the World Shakespeare Festival in 2012, she was the curator for Shakespeare’s Stories, a landmark exhibition that explored themes of journey and identity, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

In 2013, The Old Woman, The Buffalo, and The Lion of Manding created and performed with musicians Kouame and Raymond Sereba toured to acclaim winning a British Awards for Storytelling Excellence (BASE).


About Laura Sampson

Laura is a London-based emerging storyteller. In 2018 she completed teller development scheme TellYours 2018, and has performed at venues including Battersea Arts Centre, The Albany, Kings Place, and The Rose Playhouse as well as at art galleries including White Conduit Projects (Echoes and Callings collaboration), Hundred Years Gallery and Tate Exchange. Before that, she performed and sang in nurseries, primary schools and after-school clubs on a Wish! residency in Tokyo alongside studying Japanese noh, which she continues to perform and facilitate in the UK and elsewhere. Her first degree (from UCL) specialised in medieval heroic epic and other orally transmitted literature.


In the Winter Wood is playing in the Adventure Theatre 29 Nov – 17 Feb

Recommended Ages 3-6 years
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