Story Cabaret

Chloë is a raconteur with strong stage presence.

Her repertoire is an enchanting blend of traditional stories from many cultures, informed by years of travel, plus original stories for today’s audiences.

No scripts, no reading: this is genuine verbal jazz.

  • Available for festivals, theatres, community groups, private parties and corporate events.
  • Bespoke service: given names (facts, anecdotes) in advance, Chloë can weave clients / guests into the stories.
 

 “A voice like chocolate melting over a bonfire”.

Space aliens ate my story

It’s storytelling, but not as you know it

Lost Legends of Britain

Discover the stories that nearly died

Cotswold Tales

Warmhearted stories from the villages of honey-gold stone

Tales from the Woman in Black

Spooky stories for Hallowe’en and more

Mistletoe Tales

Deep and crisp and thought provoking

Crackers

The antidote to Christmas

21st Century Scrooge

It’s Christmas Eve in the City

Tales on Fire

Deep and crisp and thought provoking

Tales to float your Boat

Fairytales for grownups

Wine, Women & Stories

Vintage entertainment from lands of wine and whisky

Tales from the Secret Garden

Fantasies and fairytales for grownups

An audience with Barbara Catland

The cat’s meow of story cabaret

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Tales of Lust and Chocolate

“Fantastic imagery, funny, I loved it!” – Anna Saunders, Director, Cheltenham Poetry Festival

Chloë’s best selling set.
 
Stand-up storytelling mixes comedy with sensual fairytales for grownups.
 
Even husbands dragged along by wives like this one! A feel-good assortment of lightly spiced stories from around the world.
 
From passionate porcelain to a Japanese strip tease that stops an ice age – and the surprising secret of the world’s favourite chocolate dessert.
 
Always crafted to make sure the audience goes home laughing – and dreaming.
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  • Sold out at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2018.
  • Age 16+ only. Humorous adult references: naughty but never blue.
  • Festival set 55 minutes
  • After dinner, Social group, Zoom 45 minutes + Q&A
  • Theatre 50 + 30 minutes
  • Story supper 20 minutes + 45 minutes.

Space Aliens Ate My Story

From elves to UFOs, Chloë engages performance storytelling at Warp 10.
 
Beam up to strange new fantasies.
 
Explore stories of fairy abduction, an alien encounter in East Anglia, a trans dimensional steam train – and how we probably owe our lives to the Russian who said Nyet.

 

Outrageous, original and otherworldly.
This is Chloë’s creative mission: to boldly take performance storytelling where it’s never gone before.

Sold out at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2019.

  • Intended for adults, also suitable for teens.
  • Festival set 50/55 minutes
  • After dinner, Social group, Zoom 45 minutes + Q&A
  • Theatre 50 + 30 minutes
  • Story supper 20 minutes + 45 minutes.

Lost Legends of Britain

Powerfully re-imagined, sparkling with poetic language. For this set Chloë is a “keeper of tales”, part of the UK storytelling revival.
 
From husband taming in the Scottish Highlands to wild Welsh wizardry and deep magic at the heart of England.
 
The ancient stories of the British Isles pulse with blood and laughter.
 

Chloë brings fiction alive with historical fact – she’s worn chain mail and wielded sword and longbow, she’s ridden hard across country, slept under the stars.

She knows how fast a princess can’t run in a gown; she’s been nearly trampled in the tiltyard; has taunted besiegers from the battlements.

You’ll believe these stories with all your senses.

  • Designed to entertain adults.
  • Also suitable for teens.
  • Festival set 50/55 minutes
  • After dinner, Social group, Tea & Tales, Zoom 45 minutes + Q&A
  • Theatre 50 + 30 minutes
  • Story supper 20 minutes + 45 minutes.

Cotswold Tales

Highwaymen come to satisfyingly bad ends. A majestic oak rules the woods with rough justice.
 
A Gloucester craftsman faces a thorny problem, and quick thinking villagers defeat Old Nick himself.
 

Modern day stories, inspired by tradition, delight audiences with long distance love, garden envy and a fantasy of genteel assassination.

Plus Chloë’s signature story, the thrilling Legend of the Rollright Stones.

  • Intended for adults, also suitable for teens.
  • Festival set 50/55 minutes
  • After dinner, Social group, Tea & Tales, Zoom 45 minutes + Q&A
  • Theatre 50 + 30 minutes
  • Story supper 20 minutes + 45 minutes.

Tales from the Woman in Black

Wickedly funny, tender and macabre.
From undead in Venice to exquisite love tragedy plus vivid versions of classic and contemporary horror.
 
Ghostly encounters in folklore and just down the road.
 
Chloë is notoriously cautious about performing this set.
 

She has that kind of voice… Mild/moderate gory detail, content is mainly unsettling.

Beware the creepy little tale that follows you home.

Be careful what you wish for!

  • Designed for adults.
  • Not recommended for under 16s.
  • Festival set 50/55 minutes
  • After dinner, Social group, Tea & Tales, Zoom 45 minutes + Q&A
  • Theatre 50 + 30 minutes
  • Story supper 20 minutes + 45 minutes.

Mistletoe Tales

Snow magic and romance in red velvet.
 
Wonderful winter and Christmas stories from around the world. 
 
King Arthur is deep in snow and trouble.

Designed to entertain adults.

The mistletoe bride seizes her last chance of happiness and old Babushka remembers the party years.

Mostly traditional stories, joyously retold with Chloë’s energy and humour.

  • Festival set 50/55 minutes
  • After dinner, Social group, Tea & Tales,
  • Zoom 45 minutes + Q&A
  • Theatre 50 + 30 minutes.
  • Story supper, Afternoon Tea & Tales 20 minutes + 45 minutes.

Crackers!

Feelgood stories packed with wit and unseasonal warmth.

How to save dad from the devil on New Year’s Eve, and trick a minister of agriculture.

Thunderous Thor goaded by Loki trick the Ice Giants. In drag.

Whimsical wisdom plus delicious trickery from around the world. And an original story from Chloë’s travels: so strange and romantic, you’ll wish it were all true!

All fresh, hot off the tongue.

Not a snowflake in sight.

  • Intended for adults, also suitable for older teens.
  • Festival set 50/55 minutes
  • After dinner, Social group, Tea & Tales, Zoom 45 minutes + Q&A
  • Story supper 20 minutes + 45 minutes.

21st Century Scrooge

It’s Christmas Eve in the City.
 
A workaholic businesswoman sneers at charity requests and bullies her downtrodden secretary Roberta Cratchit – who’s single mum to disabled son Tim.
 
Later, in her barely lived-in house, this modern Scrooge faces four spectacular ghosts – and a dreadful warning vision.
 
All is joyously resolved.
 
Originally commissioned for an HR conference on Work-Life Balance.
 
This is Chloë’s powerful and moving parallel of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” re-imagined for modern Britain.
  • Designed for adults and teens.
  • Festival set, Social group, Tea & Tales, Zoom, Story supper 55 minutes
  • Theatre 45 + 25 minutes

Tales on Fire

A sun goddess must be charmed out of her sulk, a sun god’s passion must be cooled.
 
A shy dancer blossoms at the Japanese new year ceremony, natural justice is sweet in Africa, Welsh magic changes history with a red dragon.
 
Any audience in need of giggles will relish this set of feelgood stories.
  • Originally devised for UK National Storytelling Week, end January/start February (Candlemas / Imbolc / St Brigid). Intended for adults, also suitable for teens.
  • Festival set 50/55 minutes
  • After dinner, Social group, Tea & Tales, Zoom 45 minutes + Q&A
  • Theatre 50 + 30 minutes
    Story supper 20 minutes + 45 minutes.

Tales to Float your Boat

Featuring the thrilling and very funny Island That Swam Away (Voyage of St Brendan).
 
Plus foolish fishermen, sophisticated dragons of lake and sea shore, and the menace of a swamp dwelling bunyip.
 
Plus a witchy challenge for the shipwright of old Gloucester Docks.
 
Originally devised for a Tall Ships sail down Sharpness Canal to Gloucester Docks.
 
Always packed out aboard the cruise ships!
  • Intended for adults, also suitable for teens.
  • Festival set 50/55 minutes
  • After dinner, Social group, Tea & Tales, Zoom 45 minutes + Q&A
  • Story supper 20 minutes + 45 minutes

Wine, Woman & Stories

A potent brew of French romance, New World mystery, a cheeky Australian, a handsome Greek and a hard drinking West Country farmer.
 
WINE TASTING SPECIAL: A story from every wine producing country featured at your event.
 
  • For adults.
  • Festival set 50/55 minutes
  • After dinner, Social group, Zoom 45 minutes + Q&A
  • Story supper 20 minutes + 45 minutes

Tales from the Secret Garden

Beautiful, witty and spinetingling tales of gardens and the natural world.

 Humour from the first garden, beautiful creation myths from indigenous cultures.

Ancient and vengeful magic of the forests, And ..ahem.. a lot of balls on the patio.

Originally created for Secret Gardens Concerts, Cheltenham.

  • Perfect for promoting your outdoor event / space.
  • Festival set 50/55 minutes
  • After dinner, Social group, Tea & Tales, Zoom 45 minutes + Q&A
  • Theatre 50 + 30 minutes
  • Story supper 20 minutes + 45 minutes.

An Audience with Barbara Catland

Comedy character Babs Catland is Britain’s most glamorous crazy cat lady.
 
Complete with pink housecoat and basket of “kittens”.
 
The fur will fly as Babs’ sherry-fuelled monologue gets her claws into modern life – ‘Not enough naps’ – and men – ‘So like dogs!’ 
 
Stories range from the Monastery Moggie to protective lions, plus why our feline friends shed so much fur!
 
And the luridly hilarious Pilling the Cat.
 
Miss Catland will take questions but don’t be surprised if she scratches.
 
And then there’s sweary Russian Blue (!) cat puppet Koshka, who cannot be controlled…
  • Comedy hit at Stroud Theatre Festival 2019
  • For cat people only! Adults/teens. Swearing from the puppet, sorry.
  • Festival set 50/55 minutes
    After dinner, Social group, Tea & Tales, Zoom 45 minutes + Q&A.
  • Also available as interactive costumed walkabout.