Book Elly Crichton Stuart
For Elly, storytelling is about fun, connection and audience enjoyment. Born in Falkland, with a professional background in theatre and storytelling, Elly’s Irish granny inspired her with a desire to tell stories from a young age. She loves telling to 4 – 11 year olds as much as to young people and adults, and adapts her telling and teaching skills to suit every occasion.
As well as training staff from Historic Royal Palaces in London, she has trained teachers in Taiwan and Mumbai, young people in Macedonia and children in Venezuela for The British Council. She ran The Fabulists, an award-winning company working with thousands of children from rural schools on The Outsider Storytelling Project which engaged with racism through storytelling, role play, visual art and creative writing.
Returning to her native Fife two years ago, Elly is currently writing a series of talks on extraordinary women and training to teach Mindfulness to 12 – 21 year olds. She has a Diploma in Storytelling, an M.A. In History of Art and studied the Tale with Marina Warner at Essex University. She trained with Youth Mindfulness in 2018 to teach adults and children and loves combining storytelling with Mindfulness and passing on her storytelling skills to children, young people, parents and teachers. Elly has written and performed plays at Perth Festival, Marchmont House, Kellie Castle, The Burrell Collection, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as The National Portrait Gallery. Leeds City Art Gallery and Arts Centres throughout the UK.
Her style is warm, friendly and engaging. She makes audience participation a regular feature of her storytelling and is highly skilled at entertaining.
“Every minute was spellbinding!” – Fiona (audience member following a performance)
“Handled with great empathy and fun making it fun and accessible for all of us. Thank you so much. I feel privileged to have worked with you!” Chris Lawson, Head Teacher, following a teacher training course