“What I love about storytelling is its simplicity. Stories meet us half way and we, the audience, have to be complicit for them to be successful. The stories I like to tell are fun, inviting and light hearted – even the serious ones! I believe that storytelling has a unique ability to connect people, not only to each other but to the past, the future and to the world around us.” – Ian Douglas.
Ian has been telling stories at festivals, schools, libraries and on street corners both nationally and internationally for over 20 years. Originally a street theatre performer, fire breather and stilt walker, Ian has founded two story-based theatre companies. He has also worked as a theatre practitioner in residence for organisations across the North of England including Northern Stage and Live Theatre in Newcastle and most recently, Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.
The origins of Ian’s work are steeped in the traditions of street theatre which has helped him develop his unique storytelling style. His work has been described as ‘truly inspirational’ and draws upon a rich vein of British folk tales and world myths.
During his career, Ian has had the privilege to sit at the knee of renowned storytellers such as Duncan Williamson and at present is apprenticed to the Grasmere-based storyteller Taffy Thomas.
Ian hails from West Yorkshire but now lives with the love of his life on a narrow boat wherever the neighbours are nice.