Jimmy No-Story

(first four min.)

A tale from Scotland which shows what terrible things can happen if you have no tale to tell.

Recorded at Tell me a Story, Show me the World conference, PH Zurich, in September 2013. When the camera started I was explaining that all guests at a Scottish ceilidh are expected to contribute to the evening's entertainment - in one way or another!

Many great variants of this tale are told in Scotland and Ireland.

A full recording is on the CD Jack goes Hunting and other Tales

The story is also available as an individual download


The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres.
Their intention is just to show the range of my storytelling and give a flavour of a live performance.
Permission is granted for use in non-commercial educational contexts.
The videos are © Richard Martin.
Professionally recorded CDs and DVDs are available here.

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