what we do

"multi story illuminate their chronicles with intelligence and theatricality.  Their approach is spare - there are no wasted movements or empty ideas. And they are marvellous actors."   CBC

"Stripped right back, the strength comes from the union of intelligent writing and the word-perfect power of the performances."

Belinda Dillon, Exeunt

plays for adult audiences that respond to the world we live in. "A script that revels in the power of the word to conjure vast landscapes and epic endeavour." All our productions are around the hour mark and are suitable for studio theatres, arts centres and community halls. We carry sufficient euqipment to be able to perform just about anywhere! There are further technical details on each show page.

plays for young audiences based on myths, legends and folk-tales that speak across the ages. "Parents and kids sat mesmerised. Full of music, with and charm, this is children's theatre at its best." Tales of adventure from Russia, Scandanavia, Ancient Greece and beyond.

a comprehensive workshop programme that includes a range of theatre-skills workshops, play-in-a-day events, week-long youth theatre residencies and major community play projects.

"multi story have worked in primaries since 2000. They know the day-to-day pressures and plan their work appropriately. We recommend this company unreservedly."

Cheshire LEA
Traditional tales from Norway, Russia, France and Germany.

The Firebird is a great introduction to multi story's bravura style, full of adventure with a large cast of colourful characters played by just two actors with the whisk of a cloak or the donning of a hat. It also features music and song.

In general we hope to introduce traditonal stories that are not so well known - like Twelve Wild Ducks or East o'the Sun, West o'the Moon - but we do have our version of Beauty & the Beast which children might like to compare and contrast with the familiar Disney treatment.

"Best visiting production we've ever seen - it really captured their imaginations."

Witherley Primary School

Greek and Norse myths

The inter-active nature of Jason & the Golden Fleece has proved very popular and hugely enjoyable. The Labyrinth combines Theseus & the Minotaur with the story of Icarus - Icarus's father designed both the Labyrinth and Icarus's wings! And we have just started touring a truly delightful verion of Pandora which features some rather special original music.

We have made our first foray into the world of Norse Myth with Viking Tales - a hugely enjoyable introduction to the Norse gods and goddesses and their adventures.

"A superb production enjoyed by everyone - children and staff alike.  I have highly recommended you to other schools."

North Petherton Primary School

a comprehensive workshop programme plus bespoke learning events and longer-term projects.

"I was amazed at how well it succeeded.  Gill's encouragement and leadership were hugely important in giving us confidence but I also thought that Bill was vital in providing a male role model - so many boys think that "drama's for girls".

Foxton Primary School

"The range of theatre skills and styles that [Beast!] employs makes for essential viewing for students currently working on devising projects."

Tavistock College
Plays for adults that students particularly respond to

Beast! goes down well with Years 10 & 11. It is a published text and has been used for exam purposes by a number of schools.

Medea has proved very popular over the years with Years 11 - 13, including with colleges in Chile, Peru, Norway, Portugal and The Ukraine!

Pericles - All At Sea and Digging the Dirt also work very well for older students. Both have formed the basis of a day long programme of performance and workshops.

"The resulting reviews for the Ed Excel portfolio are an insight into the way young people think, written with considerable fervour and a credit to multi story and their talent to enthrall the teenager. Nothing short of magnificent."

Park School
plays for children that students study as an example of the genre

Some schools regularly use one of our children's shows to introduce Year 7s to a variety of drama techniques that take them away from a reliance on TV naturalism. Particularly popular in this context are The Firebird and The Adventures of Perseus, - though any of our children's plays will fill the bill.

"The company offers students a vision of how to make exciting devised theatre with minimal set, costume and props, but masses of invention, energy and creative use of dramatic techniques and conventions."

Truro College
a comprehensive workshop programme

A range of skills workshops plus bespoke learning events and longer term projects. A recently developed day-long workshop package that schools are finding very useful is a mix of excerpts and practical exercises that examines structuring and devising.

"The workshops were tailor made to fit with our curriculum. Bill and Gill facilitated great outcomes with the children in a short time."