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from Medieval Times

Dave Tonge

Wednesday 19th May


Come one, come all and join Dave Tonge on a journey back to a time when fairies haunted bower and barn, dragons slept soundly in their caves and the Devil himself lurked in alehouse and tavern yard, with his sack of souls held close by. Come hear tall tales, small tales and tales about halfway in-between. Come and laugh so much that your insides become your outsides!

Dave is a jobbing teller of tales, an itinerant journeyman who performs at museums, heritage sites and schools, from Lindisfarne Holy Island in the north to Arundel Castle in the south. He works regularly for English Heritage and national museums like the Ashmolean and has written three books, ‘Tudor Tales,’  ‘Norfolk Folk Tales for Children’ and ‘Medieval Tales for Children’ and is also working on a 4th, “Trickster Tales From Many Lands.’ He specialises in costumed historical storytelling of period rich and often irreverent tales shared by the poorer folk long ago, but of late he’s ditched his costume in favour of normal clothes and a fine trilby hat and can be heard at storytelling events including Taffy Thomas’s Tales in Trust and Festival at the Edge. That said, many of his performances still have an historical flavour with sets like Tavern Yard Tales and Dame Fortunes Wheel.




Dave the Yarnsmith  is every inch a mesmeric character, from the tip of his expressive finger-tips to the tilt of tall hat, his stage persona grabs the audience’s attention – and his warmth and immediate rapport ensures that he retains it from his first words to the very last..

Settle Storytelling Festival