About Chloë

Chloë the storyteller

Chloë celebrates 20 Years of Tales

Since Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers first heard a professional storyteller in 1991 and thought, Yes, fantastic, and I would do that differently… her mission has been to boldly take performance storytelling where it’s never gone before.

What are the stories of our time? What will be Once Upon A Future?

In 2020 Chloë should have celebrated 20 years of tales. That didn’t quite go as planned…

Since 1999 Chloë has helped pioneer a new style of Story Cabaret for audiences of adults: genuine verbal jazz.

Much of her material is rooted in the magnificent heritage of traditional story (myths, legends, folktales) from many cultures. But she can’t resist letting in new original stories and dashes of stand-up comedy.

Chloë is more than a traditional storyteller. Not solely a keeper of tales. Think of her as a spoken word artist/performer. An entertainer. Because it’s still a battle against the (English) concept that ‘storytelling’ is only for toddlers…

At Cheltenham Literature Festival “Lit Crawl” nights in 2018 and 2019, Chloë packed out her venues with grown up story cabaret shows Tales of Lust & Chocolate and Space Aliens Ate My Story.

For the small but much respected Stroud Theatre Festival, in 2019 Chloë collaborated with fellow feline fan Laura May Attwood in their comedy piece An Audience with Barbara Catland – complete with searing pink housecoat, basket of “kittens” and Laura in furry ears and tail. But it was sweary puppet Koshka, with her heavily fake Russian accent, who rather stole the show.

Even in pandemic year 2020, squeezed in between national lockdowns and chemotherapy, Chloë returned to Stroud – on the year’s wettest weekend! – to experiment with more stand-up / true life storytelling in Natural Verbosity.

For the 15th anniversary of Midnight Storytellers, Chloë launched a contemporary story cabaret show Scheherazade’s Shed. In a virtual boudoir, adorned with chandelier and luscious scent, a mature Scheherazade with a twinkle in her eye told tales of magical realism and true life. But Chloë soon discovered that only she could say – or spell! – the title. So that was the end of that.

For younger audiences, Chloë is established as an inspiring performer in schools and community venues. She delights age 8+ and is a huge relief to age 12+ with her energy and thought provoking humour.

Performing as the Dragon Whisperer enables Chloë to meet commercial and educational demands for children’s storytelling in a way that she, too, can enjoy.

The gloriously costumed stage persona of Agent Green the Dragon Whisperer is a spoof secret agent who works for DCHQ (Dragon Conservation Headquarters). She demonstrates the finer points of hatchling care with help from Bitey Bob. The eccentric character – think Hogwarts’ Professor MacGonagall crossed with Indiana Jones, with a dash of Men In Black – tells the stories her dragon friend Fuse imparted to her on winter nights in the cave… Now available as Dragon Tales audio CD direct from Chloë and as an illustrated e-book .

Chloë is Storyteller in Residence for Sudeley Castle near Cheltenham. Each summer she enchants children and fantasy fans of all ages, in costume and character. She might appear as the fabulously scruffy Corvidia Nightshade, Unwise Woman of the Woods and keen eater of cake. Sometimes she imparts sword lore (and safety tips!) as The Paladin when the castle holds Knight School. Stories range from wildwood magic to little known legends of Britain.

Background:

  • Stagecraft learned at Central School of Speech & Drama, London
  • Chloe of the Midnight StorytellersWorked 15 years as copywriter and editor in public relations/marketing; specialised in newsletters…
  • …While also travelling the UK and overseas 9 years, delivering training seminars including How To Deal With Difficult People; Communication Skills for Women in Business; and the top selling Grammar & Proofreading for Business Writers featuring an unforgettable comedy rant about it’s and its
  • Drives a fast German car, prefers Lapsang Souchong tea and lives on an English farm with not quite enough cats.

You can book Chloë to entertain at your venue or event…
…or summon Agent Green to give her Masterclass in the Care & Training of Dragons

Visit  www.midnightstorytellers.co.uk  or use the Contact Form below:

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