Storytelling to get you thinking. Keeping the oral tradition alive.

Word of Mouth is a monthly gathering all about storytelling and the oral tradition.  The club meets on the first Wednesday of the month and welcomes visitors from across the North West to share tales and be entertained.

We have a mix of guest storyteller nights and stories from the floor, bringing some of the finest storytellers from across the land to Manchester to entertain, thrill and inspire.

"Like many storytellers, I have some superb memories of the club over the years, most recently with Dark Tales from India, where it was one of my most enjoyable sharings of these dark, sensual and twisted stories.  And that's what makes Word of Mouth so special, your audiences ROCK!!" - Peter Chand.

Everyone is welcome, whether you come with a tale to tell, or simply to listen and be entertained.

We've just moved from a Friday night to the first Wednesday in the month, allowing us to always have the larger room, less time queuing to get a drink, and an easier journey in and out of the city.  But it's still the same fantastic Word of Mouth storytelling club.

Wednesday 6th February 2019


Naughty Japanese Badgers - Sarah Rundle

To launch our new 1st Wednesday gathering of story-lovers, we are delighted to welcome back Sarah Rundle who has enthralled us before with her lively, down-to-earth approach to telling a good tale, usually with a strong flavour of humour, and a tendency towards the bizarre.

Japan has many monsters.  Alluring women who turn out to be foxes, flesh-eating hags, rat-goblins, spirits that lick dirty bathrooms.  But the naughtiest of all are badgers.  ('Badgers is actually a mis-translation, they are more like dogs).

Badgers can transform themselves into lovely ladies, old Buddhist monks, teakettles, fence-posts... They excel at misleading travellers, cheating people, and generally creating mayhem.

Sarah will use the ancient art of Kamishibai (paper-theatre) to alert you to the cunning tricks of Badgers, and to tell how a roguish rabbit, a cross-dressing actor, and a steam train all got the better of these mischievous beasts.

Sarah Rundle got locking in a laboratory, but tunnelled her way to freedom.  She ran away to drama school, and for the last ten years has been a full-time storyteller, and sporadic actor.

She has devised works for the British Council, Wellcome Foundation, Geffrye Museum, and the National Trust, and performed at Stockholm's Fabula Story CafĂ©, the Nivesh Festival in Delhi, Kolkata Literature Festival, Nottingham's Theatre Royal, and Festival at the Edge.  Her work has been described by the Crick Crack Club's Ben Haggarty as "truly magical... It sparkles with a particularly glorious English humour."

Dominic's precise and powerful storytelling style, his dry wit and complex composition, have captivated audiences around the world.  In the UK he has performed at venues including the Barbican, National Theatre, British Museum and The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival and in theatres, festivals and schools in 15 countries on 3 continents.


Tickets can be bought on the door, £8 waged, £5 unwaged.  We are in the upstairs room of The Britons Protection, 50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, just opposite the Bridgewater Hall.

Drop us an email if you have any questions.  

Word of Mouth - Keeping the oral storytelling tradition alive in Manchester.