Arts Council England
2013 Performers

Last year we were really pleased to host performances from a bumper selection of local and world renown performers!

Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax tells it like it is. What is depression? What does it feel like to live with depression? How can it affect your life? Find out more about Ruby's story.

Dr Bramwell

David Bramwell is is a regular contributor to Radio 3 and 4 and has twice spoken at TED...

Peter Searles

Peter Searles is a performer no one will forget in a hurry. He uses a combination of comedy, Shakespeare and real life as he tells his tales.


5 speakers - 15 minutes each. Joanna Bowen introducing this years Fireside performers: Paul Harry Allen, Peter Searles, Rachel Blackman, Philippa Rees and Janet Dowling.

Marion Leeper

Marion grew up in a family of actors, raconteurs, tellers of tall tales and downright liars, and she’s happiest passing their outrageous stories on...

Cambridge Storytellers

They have been entertaining folk with tales from East Anglia and around the world. Now they are coming to Baldock’s Fireside Festival with an exhilarating set of stories.

Touched Theatre

This production combines lyrical new writing with the company’s skillful blend of table-top puppetry, beautiful live music and energetic physical storytelling.

Joe Bone

The storytelling is hypnotising, the delivery is brilliant, and the script is faultless, encompassing both hilarious and nail-biting moments.

Debs Newbold

Debs Newbold is a storyteller who effortlessly brings together the ancient and the urban, the poetic and the irreverent, the epic and the everyday.

Sam Lee

Nominated for a Mercury Award; Sam has vast repertoire of songs and an ancient, idiosyncratic 'traveller
singing' craft.

Tim Ralphs

Catch the train from Kings Cross at 6:53pm and from there the adventure begins...

Giles Abbott

He has performed in clubs all over the country, at hundreds of schools, at institutions such as the British Museum, the National Maritime Museum, Kew Gardens, the South London Botanical Institute.

Michael McEvoy

McEvoy's energy on stage is extraordinary. You will leave his show pleasantly thought provoked and having received a solid dose of fun.

Paul Harry Allen

From the Wright Stuff to successful Edinburgh Fringe shows this Welshman’s background is in comedy. He really knows how to tell a story and his writing and acting credits prove it.

Rachel Blackman

How do we recover, when, in a single moment, everything we thought we knew is blown into a billion pieces? Moon Project tells the story of Leila and Shahab and a very unlikely friendship.

Fibs and Fables

Some of these tellers specialise in the fabulous, some in the fibs, but their stories will shine like the stars above their orchard.

Philippa Rees

Philippa Rees Saints and Scientists: Philippa tells the story of the mystical experience in the 1960s  which led to her writing “the book which wrote her life”…

Belinda McKenna

Belinda leapt into the world of storytelling in October 2009 and rapidly progressed from listener to playfully, energetic performer.

Janet Dowling

Janet tells stories with an inspiring energy that comes directly from her heart!