Craig specialises in telling traditional folktales and Western fairy tales in fresh and dynamic ways. Training in theatre and with a background in stand-up-comedy, he brings ancient stories into the modern world with contemporary songs and references alongside high energy movement and characterisation. Craig has an extensive repertoire of stories to suit children and adults of all ages. Due to his extensive working performing internationally and to audiences who speak English as a second/other language, his work is very accessible.
Every story is performed with interactions, actions, sounds and gesture and with Craig's signature style of humour and heart. Stories are taken from a wide range of collections including: Aesop's Fables, Grimms Fairy Tales, Panchatantra, Arabian Nights, Jataka Tales, English Fairy Tales, as well as from countries all over the world.
Craig is also renowned for his extensive research in the Indian epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. He is well versed in the (multiple) retellings of these stories and has a unique approach in using these tales to reflect on contemporary social issues. Craig is able to tell a singular episode from the great story or to provide a series of sessions that explore the epics in greater depth. The stories are accompanied by a brief introduction to their history and cultural significance. Episodes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata make for some of Craig's most powerful and moving storytelling performances.
To enjoy some of Craig's world class storytelling performances, please click on the links below.
Lion and Mouse, Folktale from the Indian Panchatantra
Extract from 'Papa Crow and Mama Crow',
Extract from 'Lazy Jack', Traditional English Fairy Tale
Broken Red Bangles, Adapted from the original ghost story 'Meeting Mala' by Vayu Nadu