The Heart of Mary’s Work

At the heart of all my work, in my teaching,
writing and performing is the skill of improvisation.

This is far removed from role play, ad libbing or
even “making it up as you go along”!

Acting and Writing

Calling myself The Travelling Storyteller I write and perform plays acting all the characters myself, whilst dressed in appropriate costume. The plays are presented studio-style in halls and classrooms.

There are nineteen plays appropriate for KS3, 4&5, all of which are available in current repertoire These plays are regularly adapted and re-written for particular projects and for performances to people with learning disabilities.

New work is often commissioned. Plays with an historical theme are very accurately researched.

Plays about Classical Greece a speciality.


ACTION ARTS projects in schools including residencies, performances, drama and creative writing workshops. Work with both mainstream and those with learning and physical disabilities. Work in referral units and learning support units in schools.

Performances, workshops and projects for KS1-KS4 in, Barnsley,Birmingham, Buxton, Chesterfield, Derby, Doncaster, Hull, Leicester, Northants, Oakham, Sheffield, Solihull, South Normanton,Rainhill and Wolverhampton.

Performances, creative writing workshops and Shakespearian, workshops to yrs7-10 Parkside Community School Chesterfield.

Performances,workshops and projects for KS1- KS4 in Chesterfield, Doncaster,,Halifax, Hucknall, Hull, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Mansfield, Nottingham, Sheffield, St. Albans Gainsborough Sitwell and Worksop.

Drama and creative writing workshops based on play performances for the educational support department, of a comprehensive school Doncaster.

Performances, workshops and projects in schools.

Week’s residency at Woodthorpe Primary School, Chesterfield, to pupils of Years Five and Six – workshops leading to a public performance of their own devised play of Victorian childhood.

Part-time Drama Teacher at St Mary’s R.C. High School Chesterfield for years 7-10

Weekly Shakespearian drama workshops to year 9 students in comprehensive schools.

Established own Youth Theatre Group [performances & workshops].

Director of North East Derbyshire Young People’s Theatre

[workshops, regular productions, film-making for students 13 – 18 yrs].

6 – 12 yrs at Chesterfield College.

Drama workshops to youth groups [courses from 10 weeks to 5 yrs]

Weekly adult drama classes for Adult Education as well as Drama summer schools for teachers.

Directed a community arts production of the medieval mystery plays.

Head of Lower School Drama, Westfield Comprehensive, Sheffield.

Teacher of Drama and English, Deincourt Secondary School, Derbyshire.

Work with Children & Adults with Learning Disabilities

Workshops for the NSPCC, Ripley.

Performces at Ashgate Croft Special School.

The Pines Special school Birmingham.

Performances and workshops at Trentham College, Lincolnshire (for young adults with disabilities).

Performances and workshops at Northcott Special School, Hull.

Worked in a referral unit on a weekly basis at a comprehensive school, Doncaster.

Project co-ordinator and drama teacher for a weekly integrated arts group for young adults with learning disabilities.

Weekly performances and drama workshops for pupils in Ashgate Croft Special school.

Drama workshops at Literacy Summer Schools in Sheffield to Year Six pupils.

Drama workshops with a group of 14 – 16 year olds from referral units and youth clubs in Sheffield, leading to their making a drama film.

Yew Trees Drama Project: six dance drama workshops to young people aged 16 – 21 with severe/moderate physical and learning disabilities from local respite care centre.

Park Special School, Wakefield (for young people with moderate physical and learning disabilities): performance as The Travelling Storyteller followed by workshops to the children leading to their own creative writing.

Oak Tree Special School, Pontefract (for young people with severe physical and learning disabilities): performance as The Travelling Storyteller followed by workshops to the children leading to their own creative writing.

Research project for Sheffield Independent Film on film-making with people with learning disabilities.

Made film: ‘A Young People’s Guide to Yew Trees’ (a respite care centre for teenagers with special needs).

At Chesterfield College on a weekly basis taught an integrated group of mainstream children and children from a Special School.

Drama, play performances and film-making with adults with severe/moderate physical and learning disabilities. (Worked on a weekly basis in four centres).

Drama and English to adult literacy classes (included some performances).