TELL TALE is a Warwickshire-based theatre company with a focus on traditional storytelling, oral and social history, new writing and adaptations. We aim to produce quality professional theatre which embraces the folk tradition of community between audience and performer. We are committed to producing environmentally sustainable theatre by reusing props, costume and set, up-cycling waste materials and minimising paper waste. Through innovative audience involvement, engaging scripts and careful research, our work is inclusive of all and accessible to all.
TELL TALE was formed by storytelling and theatre duo EMMA SIAN COOPER and TARESH SOLANKI. Both professional actors, they met playing Queen Victoria and Maharajah Duleep Singh on an international tour and took the decision to create their own company to develop their writing and directing portfolios alongside their careers as actors.
Since then TELL TALE has increasingly become a full time endeavour allowing them to pass on the tales and histories they love in the form of storytelling and theatre.
TELL TALE created its first play in 2012 for the Stratford-upon- Avon Fringe where it won the BEST NEW WRITING AWARD for THE AUSTERITY GAMES which sets a heart warming Dickens-inspired story about the Olympic spirit against the backdrop of post-war Britain and the creation of the NHS and modern welfare state.
In 2014 following a sell out run of A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS PAST Tell Tale were invited to take up residence at Stratford’s Magic Alley Theatre just a few doors down from Shakespeare’s Birthplace on Henley Street. Over the next twelve months no fewer than eight new plays were created for this intimate promenade theatre including NOT JUST WILLIAM (Commissioned for Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday celebrations) and the world premier of a four year research- performance project 1914 LOCAL NEWS, devised to mark the centenary of the First World War.
In 2015 we were honoured to receive the commission from Leicester Guildhall and Leicester City Council to create a new history play for family audiences to mark the reinterment of King Richard III. The resulting play UNCLE RICHARD was featured on NTV all over the FSU and continues to tour.