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About the storyteller and from whence he comes
R attlebox Theatre is run by myself - Dave Oliver.  Whilst I often work as a one-man show, I sometimes perform with a collection of talented storytellers, musicians and artists on larger projects.

I graduated from Bretton Hall College with a BA Hons in Dramatic Arts and Dramatic Presentation.  Since then, combining my love and knowledge of performance, history, folklore, prop making and puppetry, I have developed a lively performance style and detailed, often fantastical look to my work - whether it be walkabout character, a puppet creation or costumed storytelling.

Rattlebox Theatre - Puppetry and Storytelling

Rattlebox Theatre - Puppet Shows

"I was really impressed with the variety of stories you came up with...the children (and parents!) obviously thoroughly enjoyed the event."

Helen Lisk - RAMM Community Activities Officer

"We were really pleased by the way you related to the children and the way they were absolutely transfixed!"

Mary Kindred - Saltram House Halloween night


"An excellent and captivating performance by Dave Oliver"
Adventurer Magazine

Performance Work

I have performed over the last 12 years at a variety of places including recently -
• Libraries
• Schools
• Art Centres
• Festivals (including Festival At The Edge(storytelling Festival) , Moseley Folk Festival, Salcombe Festival, South Somerset Green and Sythe Fair, Saul Canal Festival and Pilton Green Man Festival)
• Historical Properties (including Tintagel Castle, Montecute House, Pendennis Castle, Fort Nelson, Old Sarum Castle, Blenheim Palace, Saltram House, Torre Abbey, Knightshayes Court, Dartmouth, Castle Drogo (with Daughters of Elvin) Totnes, Farleigh Hungerford and Portland Castle).
• Fetes and fairs (including Stockland Fair, Dunster by Candle light, Chudleigh Charter Fair and Bampton Fair)
• Historical or re-enactment events (such as Penris Medieval Fair, Exeter Living History fair, Ham Hill History Fayre and Bodmin Swordmaking festival)
• Larp events (Dumnonni Chronicles and Maelstrom)

Also -
• Peat Moors centre
• Blists Hill Victorian village
• Dartington Cyder Press
• Community centres and Village Halls
• Shopping precincts
• Pubs!
 
I will travel to any part of the country to perform but obviously travel and extra time costs would have to be factored into a performance fee.
 
PLEASE NOTE:
FOR PEACE OF MIND; I HAVE EQUITY PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE (£10 MILLION) AND AN ENHANCED CRB CHECK
.

 
TV Work

Puppetry:

"BIRTHDAY PEOPLE"
(ITV Westcountry)
As well as voicing and operating the Puppet "Jessie the Seagull" for this sometimes surreal cult TV programme for 4 years, I also co-wrote the scripts with Austin Hackney and Adam Carter.

"CAWL POTCH"
(BAFTA award winning children's TV series for S4C)

"JUNKIT"  (Peak Viewing)

"BAG PEOPLE"  (Peak Viewing)

"PAINT BOX" (Peak Viewing)
 
"WOODPECKERS TALES" (Peak Viewing)

"CHICKEN SHED" (Peak Viewing)

"COOK AND CO" (Peak Viewing)

'GILL AND GULL" (Peak Viewing)
 

Other TV Work:

 
"USS CONSTELLATION-BATTLING FOR FREEDOM"
Played the part of Leonnard.
(Indego films for History Channel)

"CAWL POTCH"
series 2 - Assistant Prop maker (S4C)

"DR WHO" (BBC)
Chris Eccleston Series - worked for a while as a set dresser and small set props builder.

Rattlebox Theatre | Telephone: 07946 707537 | Email: dave@rattleboxtheatre.com