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Tanya Akrofi

Tanya is a writer and oral storyteller living in Lincoln. She is heavily inspired by folklore, fairy tales, and mythology and how they can shed light on how we live today. To this mix, she adds a healthy dollop of her Ghanaian storytelling heritage, stirs in her love for performance, sprinkles a bit of ridiculousness, and makes magic.

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In her workshops, she helps adults and young audiences connect with oral traditions and the power of the spoken and written word.

Her recent works include a futuristic retelling of Bluebeard, myth-based monologues about disability, articles in the award-winning children’s magazine ‘Aquila,’ and a story for a Lincolnshire audio trail called ‘The Woodhall Witch.’

What’s the idea

“In Accra, Ghana, not far from the sea, sits the busy and bustling Makola Market. Here Amma runs her Story Shop. She doesn’t sell anything that grown-ups will consider useful. No…Amma only sells stories and if you have time she may give you one for free…and if you listen, you can hear the sea. Is Amma human or some kind of sprite, who knows…not me”: Amma’s Story Shop is an idea for an interactive performance which repackages old tales for telling to a modern young audience and which hides within it, a workshop to teach others how to create their own stories.” 

Over the past three years, I've put my performance and theatre-making ambitions on hold and tried my best to be 'sensible'! Now I can move forward doing what I love and I will be doing it in the best possible company. This opportunity is a dream come true and I'm still pinching myself.

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