Storyteller, Storytelling, Stories, Yarns, Tales & Fables For Schools and Festivals
Storytelling, the ancient art of all nations for all ages.
Peter Optical as a professional Storyteller, working in schools both in and out of Essex, weaves a story with a professional storytelling skill that appeals to all ages. These stories are often interwoven with magic, music and song.
By linking together his energetic and expressive delivery of stories with an uncomplicated professional approach Peter’s unique storytelling performances offer an entertaining and thought provoking storytelling experience.
All stories are told not read, never scripted, never the same twice therefore in their telling they are always spontaneous and vibrant.
We are never too old for a story
Peter`s storytelling is adaptable to venues large and small, whether in schools, libraries, art and community centres, places of worship, woods or meadows Peter’s storytelling performances are designed in length and style to suite adults and children alike.
New for Essex book shelves
Tales from the Shore and More
By Peter Optical ©
(Soon to be published)
Based on stories that span generations of Essex families living beside a small creek in the Thames estuary and beyond.
Storytelling in Schools
Inviting a professional storyteller into school creates a special atmosphere providing excitement and stimulation. Peter Optical is no exception and is always in great demand for his storytelling especially during National Storytelling Week in February and National Children’s Book Week in the autumn.
Some other benefits of using storytelling in the classroom.
- Storytelling promotes a feeling of well being and relaxation
- Increases children’s willingness to communicate thoughts and feelings
- Encourages active participation
- Storytelling increases verbal proficiency
- Encourages use of imagination and creativity
- Encourages cooperation between students
- Storytelling enhances listening skills
When storytelling in schools Peter is always happy to tell stories to children of school Reception age but suggests their sessions are in the early part of a morning so that they can fully enjoy the storytelling experience.
As a general rule the length of Storytelling sessions in schools is as follows
Reception, 20min each class/group
Infant 30min each class/group
Junior 45 min each class/group
Senior 1 hour.
Peter will move from class room to class room telling stories if required but prefers, if possible, groups to come to him at a set quiet location.
Peter is one of a few professional Essex storytellers who not only takes storytelling into schools within the Essex County but takes his storytelling skills to schools, libraries and other venues in many other counties also.
As a professional Storyteller, writer, director and workshop leader; Peter has over 40 years professional experience associated with Theatre & Theatre in Education and associated arts at home and abroad and has had work performed on stage and radio.
Peter Optical is a (Long Service) Member of Equity. A member of The Society for Storytellers. Has public liability cover and holds DBS. Enhanced.
Storyteller Peter Optical.
A few comments
The storytelling was beautifully done – kept even the younger children (and adults) engrossed.
Jonathan Wicks, Audience Development Officer, Libraries, Essex County Council.
We have had visits from Storytellers in the past, but none who have compared to your high standard.
Both staff and pupils were inspired to attempt oral storytelling themselves.
We will certainly be inviting you back again.
Literacy Co-ordinator, Leigh North Street Junior School
He was a source of tremendous stimulation with regard to language development and topic work. In all, a polished professional performer, whom I would highly recommend.”
Grove County Infants School
“He held them spellbound for for almost an hour. He involved the children wherever possible and we were most impressed and delighted with his performance.”
Hamstel Infant School
Peter Optical’s enthusiasm for story is infectious. He cannot help but transfix his audience until the final syllable has been spoken.
Children and teachers alike are lost in Peter’s storytelling, being a perfect springboard for future language development and stimulus for continued reading.
Porters Grange Primary School and Nursery, Dale R Frith MA DipEd
Thank you so much you were fantastic we had a great day and have some fantastic photos of you. You really set the ambiance and I would really recommend you without hesitation.
Our Lady of Ransom School. Rayleigh. Essex.
The Tudor music and dancing session in the afternoon was fantastic. All the children enjoyed this session but our more disabled children got a tremendous amount out of it. We could see their involvement and their eyes sparkling throughout. Thank you again for an excellent day.
‘Trinity’ special school, Dagenham, Essex
Just wanted to pass on a big thank you for your work with our children on Monday. They loved the stories and the instruments but I have to say that the tricks and the juggling was my class’s favourite!!
Hillingdon Primary School.
Thank you once again Peter for the splendid day you gave us for our Tudor Day at Eastbury Manor House, Barking Essex.. You led the sessions in an entertaining and interesting way, so all of the children gained a tremendous amount from the day. What impressed the staff most, however, was the way you engaged individually with every one of the children during the day. They really benefited from that care and respect you showed the Trinity’ School, Dagenham, Essex.
“Sight and Sound”
(From Crumhorn to Squeeze Box)
A programme for schools which involves the demonstration of musical instruments
linked together with a story or two.
Peter demonstrates the Crumhorn, one of many musical instruments.
Thank you so, so much for all your work. You were a really brilliant addition, Your music was perfect and you really added Shakespearean authenticity!
2014 – 2015
Jessica Lusk Artistic Coordinator & Assistant to the Artistic Director
Stories for Christmas
Peter has at performed numerous festivals over the years. Just but a few of many are mentioned below.
Leigh Folk Festival, Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival, Sidmouth, Towersey, Chippenham, Cambridge, Hampton Court Opera Season.
Mobile ; 07947536634
Based in Essex, as a professional storyteller Peter has and is willing to travel to the following counties also:-
1. Bedfordshire (Bedford, Luton, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Biggleswade, Sandy)
2. Berkshire (Reading, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Newbury, Windsor, Wokingham)
3. Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Slough, Buckingham, High Wycombe)
4. Cambridgeshire (Cambridge, Wisbech, Ely, March, Whittlesey, Chatteris, Linton)
5. Essex (Chelmsford, Basildon, Romford, Southend, Colchester, Harlow, Brentwood, West Ham)
6. Greater London.
7. Hertfordshire (Hertford, Watford, St. Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Hatfield)
8. Kent (Maidstone, Canterbury, Bromley, Rochester, Margate, Folkestone, Dover, Greenwich)
9. Middlesex (City of London, Harrow, Enfield, Staines, Ealing, Potters Bar, Westminster).
10. Norfolk (Norwich, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, Dereham, Cromer, Hunstanton)
11. Suffolk (Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds, Lowestoft, Felixstowe, Sudbury, Haverhill, Bungay)
12. Surrey (Guildford, Croydon, Woking, Sutton, Kingston-on-Thames, Wimbledon,)
13. Sussex (Chichester, Brighton, Worthing, Crawley, Hastings, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Horsham)
In all cases Clients will be requested to confirm bookings by letter, e-mail or formal contract.
To comply with the new Government directive, ‘Enterprise & Regulatory Reform’ Peter wishes it to be known that the many stories he tells are of a fictional nature. However, it is said, “There is always a little bit of truth in every story ” (from a story kindly given to him in May 1996 by Israeli Storyteller Sharon Aviv).