The StoryExplorers

Roll Up! Roll Up!

Meet Nellie Natinski and Nathaniel Nautilus!
Intrepid adventurers and guardians of the intriguingly ingenious, much loved StoryGenerator.

Discover what secrets this mysterious machine holds and listen to their tantalising tales from around the world.

The StoryExplorers is a dynamic new collaboration between Pip Jones of Skylarker and James Richardson of Angel Heart Theatre. 


The StoryGenerator has travelled the world and Nathaniel and Nellie have helped it collect all manner of old tales and story ideas. From out of its secret compartments- the Cabinet of Curiosities, the Book of Wishes, the Strongbox of Emotions and the Box of Disasters The StoryGenerator reimagines these stories and generates some new ones of its own. And by means of the Helmet of Transmission Nellie and Nathaniel  can tell them to you!  So mant ideas, but even if the StoryGenerator overworks itself the ever-helpful Mr Mender is always on hand to tighten a nut and put things right!

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Alongside their public performances, Nellie and Nathaniel offer workshops for children to create marvellous tales of their own. Each child receives a beautiful, professionally designed StoryMap book to write and draw their own stories.

The StoryExplorers have already been working in primary schools in Torbay as part of The Embodied Literacy Project (in association with Doorstep Arts and funded by the Ragdoll Foundation) and are keen to reach out to schools elsewhere. Each visit can be tailored for every school and the workshops suited for Reception, KS1 or KS2. Each class receives a special box filled with wondrous objects and a letter from Nellie and Nathaniel prior to their first visit.

Arriving with the StoryGenerator, they offer The StoryExplorer performance followed by a series of workshops in which children are supported to create their own stories,  bringing them to life to be celebrated by the whole class. Training can also be offered to help teachers use these approaches themselves, enlivening and enriching literacy lessons. 

For more information about this dynamic approach, inspired by the pioneering work of Vivian Pavey, please visit: