Calvin Cumiskey (Magpie) is a teacher, writer, storyteller, therapist, puppeteer and fool!
Performed at Young Vic, Royal Court, Riverside, Tramway Glasgow, Edinburgh festival, Warwick arts studio. First adaption of Mervyn Peake’s Titus Groan and played the infamous Steerpike. Read Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs for BBC radio . As a storyteller, he is honoured to sit with the ancient oak in Green Kids field at Glastonbury festival.
He founded Albatross Tales (theatre in education and therapy). After a decade of exciting projects, it culminated in helping to devise and enact the creative arts programmes for Paul Newman’s first paediatric oncology camp in Europe (Barretstown, Ireland). So he magpie’d many skills, lovely shiny things and kept them safe. An eclectic range of practical distractions in which to teach and connect with everyone in the nest. Such is the magic of the storyteller.
He has worked forever in his favourite communities, where times are tough and community spirit is strong. He is currently teaching at Moulsecoomb Primary school, Brighton (one of the top 10 most deprived estates in the UK) and as an NEU rep, he has helped fight off three Academy Trusts from trying to force an unwanted academisation, which is quite a record! If you can donate anything, just give your social media support to the @HandsOffMoulsecoomb campaign, the more that sit around the campfire the merrier.
He has written many books and told many tales, with nothing to show but the smile on your face and the warmth of the fire.
“ The best storyteller this side of the oak tree! “ Fairyland
August 11, 2020 4:00 pm