A telling of tall tales, lusty lies and foul fabrications in a manner most uncommon for these times, but once enjoyed by all goodwives and honest jacks with no guarantees of satisfaction hereby given - Storytelling inspired by Dave’s book, Tudor Tales that shows that people long ago laughed at many of the same things we do today; something that can be seen in the tales that they told. Stories shared in tavern yards and on market places and about the 'common sort’ - from women who refused to know their place, to the beguilers of the gullible who plied their trade in the very alehouses where the tales were so often told.
 
Tavern Yard Tales
Some time between 1320 & 1340 Geoffrey Luttrell commissioned a Psalter. A collection of illuminated Psalms that has become famous for the incredible detail and scope of images held within its pages. There are of course many biblical scenes as you might expect in a religious work such as this, but also many comic and not so comic scenes from contemporary rustic life. From the wife beating her husband with her distaff, to wrestlers wrestling and bear baiters baiting bears. From a ploughmen ploughing to dancers dancing and drunkards fighting. From a hen-wife feeding her hens to mock bishops and any amount of demons and other grotesques.  They are in the Psalter because all are stock figures in medieval culture and all appear in many a medieval tale. And many of them get a chance to tell their stories in this performance.
Luttrell Voices
A lone traveler wanders the road from town to town, village to village and house to house wearing many different disguises. Sometimes, a priest, sometimes a potter, sometimes a pedlar of wares. From pots to pardons, potions to pins, he sells them all occasionally, but always he peddles lies. His trade is deceit and he practices his craft upon the foolish, greedy and gullible. Although whether or not they deserve his artful attentions will be up to you to decide.
Beguiling for Beginners
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A Celebration of cunning men, coney catching and all manner of counterfeit craftiness 
Dame Fortune’s Wheel & The Three Estates
Dame Fortune's Wheel & The Three Estates is an exploration of the three 'classes' of men and women from long ago. Those who worked, those who prayed and those who fought. The performance vividly illustrates the ups and downs of people’s lives as they rode upon Fortune’s Wheel. The stories also celebrate the use of the mystical number three, a motif commonly found in many traditional tales. The performance promises a compelling mix of humorous and revealing tales, interwoven with crafty and relevant riddles. Tale telling that brings the long past into the here and now.
 
 
Embroidering the Truth?
 Fact and Fable from the Bayeux Tapestry
Embroidering the Truth is a commission for Taffy Thomas's Tales in Trust: Spinning Yarns & Weaving Dreams held at Halsway Manor in October 2017. It's an exploration of the stories, myths and legends that have grown up around the tapestry, the people who made it and the events it purports to depict.
 
Hero Tales from the East
The heroes of East Anglia have awoken from their ancient slumber and are on the move as the stories of three of the regions most famous Saxon son's are told by storyteller and author, Dave Tonge in this adult storytelling set with musical accompaniment by Trevor James.  Two of them, Saint Edmund and Hereward the Wake, real heroes whose tales have grown so much in the telling that they have passed into legend, while the third, Tom Hickathrift, is a lanky, long limbed lad of folktale and jest book, who also performed many a famous feat.
Tales of an Itinerant Teller
Tales of an Itinerant Teller is a celebration of the highs and lows of Dave’s life on the road as a storyteller and takes a wry look at some of the more unusual places he has told, people he has met and mistakes that he has occasionally made along the way. It’s a set that begins and ends on Southend high street, by way of two ancient hollow oaks some 125 miles apart, a First World War trench, a cunningly carved conker and a rattling gate on Lindisfarne Holy Island.