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Storytelling Interactive Performance

Interactive storytelling performance.During any given show Mary and Peter will do one or two performance pieces and the rest of the time is made up of stories that require the assistence of up to 20 volunteers. The children are given their costumes then it's 'Once upon a time...'the children are fed their lines and directed around the performance space by Mary with Pete providing mood and humour with his guitar. There are ample opportunities for positive feed back and delight in children who are shy and brave or outrageously talented! Programmes can be tailored to suit. Educational focus: the oral tradition/ drama/music/use of props and costumes/public speaking/confidence/fun

Artist Information

Mary Kippenberger and Peter Charlton-Jones


Phone: 06 8568367 or 021 550287

Email: marykipp@hotmail.com


International Storyteller (15 years)
Professional Musician (30yrs)
Featured artists at 7 Australian National festivals
Featured artists at 6 NZ National festivals
Duffy Books in Schools tours (10years)
Eastern and Central Nth Island Summer reading tours (Libraries) (12 years)
Itinerant music teacher (guitar)(5 years)
Drama teachers with own theatre
Author (4 children's books)
Music Composer (3 CD's)
Entertainment Debating and After Dinner Speakers (23 yrs)
Theatre work/acting (18yrs)
Mary is a registered teacher. Both Peter and Mary have extensive backgrounds in social work and counselling.
Owners of In the Paddock Productions...venue for music and drama events.

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Drama, Music

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Storytelling. Music for mood and effect. Use of props and costumes

Languages Spoken: English, maori

Target Age Group: Junior Primary, Middle Primary, Senior Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Large (20+)

Regions: Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, East Coast, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, Marlborough, Nelson, Northland, Otago, Southland, Taranaki, Waikato, Wellington, West Coast, National

Space and Resources Required: we provide everything other than the physical space.

Indicative Costs:

by negotiation

Mode of Delivery: Performance

Cultural Context: European, European


Specialises in documentary style portraits, generally community-based projects. Exhibited widely in West Auckland and Edinburgh Scotland.
Currently working on picture story project on global democracy, travelled to Argentina to photograph and interview socialist activists.
Excellent communication skills, committed to social justice.
Have experience in running workshops for children, taught darkroom stills. Still using film (anologue), no digital experience.
Work part time at Corban Estate Art Centre as exhibition assistant.
Have an HND in Photography gained in Edinburgh Scotland.
Commissioned to produce portraits most recently by Waitakere City Council.Please visit this website for more details:http://www.ceac.org.nz/exhibitions/past_exhibitions/exhibitions_2006.aspx

Programme Information


see website for references although I might just slip in the comment from a library in Manchester. WE tour the UK annually and last year we were performing in a Library from a pretty depressed area. The Library provide free internet access and the computers were drenched in hairy looking teens who spoke in grunts and head flicks. We were telling to a sweet group of pre teens but I had my eye on the hairy contingent for possible converts and potential princesses or wicked Queens. I like a boy in a tutu!!As the performance wended it's way I found the young blokes hovering nearer and nearer.I persuaded one to dress up and we were away . By the end of the hour I had these supposed hard nuts delivering lines in hilarious voices, I had'tough' boys happily donning wigs and crowns and at the end one of them said to the Librarian..'That was better than computers Miss!' Love that young man!!

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: No

Photos of Relevant Work by This Artist

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