After receiving my BA Hons in Theatre Arts from Bretton Hall I was fortunate enough to be taken on as a performer with Northern Stage Ensemble and Kneehigh Theatre Company. I was head-hunted seven years ago by SS Great Britain to be their Storyteller in Residence and since that time have created and performed over ninety different seafaring tales for children and their families. I am the Roald Dahl Foundation’s only ever Storyteller in Residence and have also completed storytelling residencies for The National Portrait Gallery and The National Centre for Children’s Books. For the past four years I have held the post of Narrative Director for The Whispering Wood Folk (whispering wood-folk.co.uk), an outdoor circus and storytelling company. Last year I joined Exxpedition and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to Brazil with an amazing group of female scientists and sailors (exxpedition.com). My role was creating and telling stories about the journey and our experiences.
Late last year I was chaired Bard of Glastonbury after competing in several rounds against twenty-two storytellers, poets and musicians. Currently I run a monthly storytelling morning for under-fives and their carers with an average attendance of sixty people. I am also developing a village hall tour of Alice in Wonderland and have recently released a CD of stories I have written and performed. I am storytelling in the local library every week and this has become the most successful event the library has hosted in its history. I am dedicated to creating work that reaches out across the community and delivers an uplifting message of connection, magic and humour. You can find more about my work on my website: sarahmooney.co.uk and on my Facebook page: Mooney Stories.
Musical Director www.kidcarpet.co.uk
Kid Carpet has created many children’s theatre shows with outstanding success. I have never worked with sounds or music before and Kids Carpets proven track record means he will bring he will bring a wealth of experience and imitative to the work. Kid Carpet began making music with old keyboards, toys, computers, a sellotaped up broken electric guitar and a punk rock DIY attitude. Hundreds of gigs got smashed as headline and support to acts like Art Brut, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Electric 6, Willy Mason, Arcade Fire, The Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players and Presidents Of The United States Of America. A bunch of EPs and albums popped out: Roll On The Carpet (2003), Shit Dope (2003), Ideas & Oh Dears (2005), The Kids Back (2007), Casio Royale (2008), The Advert Break (2010), Songs From Repo Chick (2011). Kid carpet started to make theatre for families. Initially by accident and then later on purpose. Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals (2012), Blast Off! (2013) and Kid Carpet & The Noisy Neighbours (2015) have now been followed by Noisy Nativity, a completely bonkers family Christmas show and third instalment of the Noisy Animals saga which played at The Tobacco Factory Brewery Theatre in Bristol throughout December and into January 2016. A show for grown ups about outsider art called The Castle Builder (with Vic Llewellyn) is also in pre-production.
For this process she will be holding the space for brave risk taking and creative explorations. Bringing together Sarah Mooney and Kid Carpet as a performing team and working to facilitate the exploration of the storytelling. She will use her experience of facilitating devising processes to keep the audience’s experience central to the decision making and will help form a clear vision of the necessary requirements to take this project to full production. Gwen has worked in theatre and performance as an actor, director, facilitator, thaumaturge, musician, sound designer, puppeteer, rope walker and clown. A specialist in comedy, character and outdoor theatre, Gwen makes playful, honest theatre that invites audiences to be more than just a pair of watching eyes.