About The Woolly Tellers
Mick Whysal and Dave Brookes are The Woolly Tellers. They evolved several years ago. They began with the Story Tellers of Nottingham at the Ye olde Trip to Jerusalem.
Both have distinctly different styles in their performance and delivery. Their goals however are the same. To be different and to constantly strive to innovate.
There are differing opinions on what is story telling, ‘how it should be done’. even prescriptive, in what material should be used. The Woolly Tellers ‘break the mould’
We do not confine ourselves to boundaries. Mike is a purist in relation to performing his own material. Dave differs. Primarily uses his own material. However, on occasion he will use a well written piece of work, particularly if it fits the occasion.
One phrase alone, ‘story telling’, can be an obstacle. Often misunderstood and easily sidelined.
What we do is take a subject, and bring it to life. Create atmosphere, and give it reason. Above all engage with you, the listener. At our disposal, we have a whole range of material and historical knowledge, which is seamlessly woven in to our performance
Read on and you will see there are complete shows. Of course we have the flexibility to carefully collate a series of tales. To formulate a performance to suit most circumstances.
We are more than just story tellers.
Dark Tales for Dark Nights
We have a a catalogue of tales and stories of human nature. Many have an historical background and our tales are interwoven. Dark tales nights can be adapted or written to suit an occasion
A selection of our performances
A Very Victorian Murder
This performance is about Nottingham in 1844. Following the arrest through to conviction of William Saville.
It was the alleged murderer of his family in Colwick Woods and the tragedy that occurred at his hanging on the steps of the Shire Hall (Now the National Justice Museum).
There has been controversy over this case ever since. Let these experienced performers of the spoken word lead you through events. You decide what is fiction and the truth
Fen Giants Gobbits and Marsh Horrors
The fen marshes of Lincolnshire will ever be shrouded in myth and mystery. These experienced performers have gathered historical facts and created a series of tales anecdotes of this era. This goes back in history, when the Romans first drained the marshes for rich agriculture.
Stories abound of Black Shuck, and the fen giants in the mist, not to mention what lies in the inky black waters of the Fens.
Halloween is always a good time for dark and spooky tales. It goes way back in history. The Celts believe it's when the dark half of the year and light half of the year join for a moment in time and the sprits can pass between the worlds. Others believe it's when the dead roam the earth and good folk bolt their doors and leave treats for the spirits.
This is the exception when the Woolly Tellers perform ‘Jack O Lantern’ a traditional tale associated with Halloween
Our Christmas Tales brings out the true spirit of Christmas. The stories and anecdotes are fun of nostalgia and poignant. We love doing them on the run up to Christmas. enjoy a chocolate or two with mince pies fruit cake an everything that is bad for you. But it is Christmas!
An Evening with The Woolly Tellers
You just may want to sit back and relax from tales stories and anecdotes from these experienced performers of the spoken word.
The Woolly Tellers an extensive library of material resources to draw upon. We are able create a performance to suit most occasions or perhaps for an event with a particular theme
12th February 2022
Just as the pandemic hit, The Woolly Tellers was about to launch a Charity Show and had paid for the publicity posters etc. Since the 24th March 2019 We have not performed live.
Our times not been wasted we have had time to re evaluate, write etc. The biggest dilemma is as we work together as a pair we have been obliged to follow the Covid rules . Rehearsals etc was impossible.
With any major event 'the landscape' changes. Nearly all the public houses restaurants and entertainment venues have had to adapt, and this can be a time for new opportunities.
The Woolly Tellers are actively looking for new venues. We have traditionally done a couple of shows a year for good causes and we hope to maintain this.
Unfortunately the Watermill at Shepshed as been a casualty of the pandemic. It was a fantastic little venue and we were very fond of the team that ran it.
If anyone has a venue in mind outside the Nottinghamshire area drop us an email or text. We would be pleased to look at it . We have approached re a venue in Derby we are looking at.
Hope to see you soon as we emerge from this dark period.
Dave and Mick
With the current pandemic we are once more commencing plans for our future events see below
Tuesday 14th June 2022
Private booking with The National Trust
Nottingham City Centre
Halloween at the Cross
Sunday 30th October 2022 at the Malt Cross Nottingham
Details to follow
Story telling at the Cross
Sunday 20th November 2022 . At the malt Cross Nottingham All proceeds to the Street Pastors of Nottingham
Details to follow
Sunday 4th December 2022 At the Malt Cross Nottingham
Details to follow
Mick Whysall is an established storyteller and writer.
He is involved in all aspects of performance of the spoken word, taking the form of historical talks, guided tours at various sites and locations.
He is able to draw from half a century of experience. Born and raised in Nottingham, he has travelled the world extensively, before returning to his roots and settling back on his home ground
Mick uses his knowledge of Nottingham and the rich history of the East Midlands to create the background for his many tales. He frequently focuses on Nottingham’s often turbulent industrial heritage. Having Grown up in 1950’s Nottingham, regularly forms an ideal backdrop for many stories, tales and anecdotes.
Having travelled extensively by ship, Australia features heavily along side other countries in Mick travels. The colour and vibrancy combined with an intimate style of telling, deliver a memorable experience for the audience.
He exclusively writes and performs all his own material. He met with Dave Brookes at the Story Tellers of Nottingham.
Working with Dave Brookes, who works in a different style, makes a perfect balance. Enhancing the presentation and performance of The Woolly Tellers
Dave Brookes is a Derbyshire man who has lived his whole life in Derbyshire and by contrast has spent all his working life in Nottinghamshire working most parts of the county at one time.
He has a strong bond with both counties. He worked on horseback for ten years and is a keen longbow archer
He has been a story teller and writer for some years. Albeit he was already doing presentations and tours with his job, he was introduced to the Story Tellers of Nottingham, where he met with Mick Whysall.
He freely admits that when he finds a well written tale that suits his style he will adapt and perform it in addition to his own material.
Constantly researching he is drawn often to the 1700, and 1800, in particular local industrial and military history that can be weaved in to the fabric of his own tales.
There is a real thrill in performing the art of storytelling, particularly to a new audience and observing the power of the spoken word.
The Woolly Tellers were formed a few years ago and he joined forces with Mick Whysall, who is distinctly different in approach and delivery. This produces a unique combination and listening experience.
The complete package
We have the ability to turn the most sterile or clinical space in to a welcoming environment.
An area can be illuminated effectively to suit the performance, the use of LED candles and projected images or alternatively use a back screen.
The lighting can be controlled independently of collectively by DMX controller. This allows a subtle colour changes to suit the story. A portable speaker system for the larger venue, allows us true flexibility in reaching the audience.
Sales and Publicity
Mike Whysall has a an extensive background. Skilled in design and is extremely creative
Dave Brookes is an accomplished artist and collectively both have a strong ethos in producing and projecting the correct image for our performance of the spoken word.
We have the ability to adapt and collaborate with a customer or venue to promote the show.
Albeit most of our promotions now relies on digital outlets design is still important and we design posters, flyers and flyer stands to suite the venue
In the last year we have introduced online ticketing with ‘We got Tickets’ outlet.
Our contact details
The Woolly Tellers
website : www.thewoollytellers.co.uk
blog site : http://www.thewoollytellers.wordpress.com
Dave Brookes: tel 0115 9723913
mobile number: 0744 343 3324
Mick. mobile 07949 298906
Please contact us by email telephone, text or write to us at:
19 Berkeley Avenue
Ask for a brochure and our terms of booking.
The Woolly Tellers have performed for a number years and, although based in Nottingham have performed across the County, as well as Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.
We are happy to consider bookings for private or public events . Being writers we are able to tailor the performance to a theme or venue.
Each year we perform shows for a good cause or charity . It is important the this helps the local community . We have performed for cancer research, the Air Ambulance , Maggie's (Nottingham) and Treetops Hospice at Risley Derbyshire .