Arts Derbyshire


Maria Credali, story teller

Maria takes traditional tales and makes them her own, breathing life into characters and taking the listener on journeys of magic and myth. She has a warm and engaging, humorous style which is well suited to sharing story secrets with her audiences. Whether she is telling tales at festivals, on boats, trams, in castles or just by the fire, she will leave you with a warm heart and smile on your face. She delivers workshops on traditional oral storytelling, covering aspects such as performance skills, audience engagement and character development. Maria has an enhanced DBS check, is a fully qualified teacher with over twenty years of experience delivering arts based projects with a wide variety of community groups. Safeguarding and further training around working with vulnerable young people completed in 2023. PLI in place.

Recent work includes a commission for The Royal Shakespeare Company, Marrakech, Toronto and Galway and Listowel International Storytelling Festivals, Whitby Folk Week . She recently received a standing ovation for her ACE funded piece “ Letters Through Time” which was commissioned by Festival at the Edge. She is storyteller in residence at Tamworth Castle.

“Joyous, beautiful, inspiring and poetic.” Taffy Thomas MBE, Storytelling Laureate.
“Storytelling gold”
“Glorious – an irresistible combination that drew the packed house into a vivid world of story”
“Beautiful storytelling so warm hearted and gentle…loved it”
“Haunting and evocative tale telling”
“Humour drier than a sloe and wit sharper than a blackthorn”
“Loved your story today. It felt as though we were sitting and gossiping. Your relaxed style envelopes like a warm hug”

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