Red Phoenix storytelling
Chris Secker playing three string guitar

Electronic Press Kit

The Producing Company

Red Phoenix Storytelling & Productions was founded with the aim of producing high quality performance storytelling productions which are accessible to all audiences across age and ability, and to support the development of new and established storytellers. At the start of 2014 Red Phoenix S&P moved from Hampshire to Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire to become part of the local arts scene, as well as continuing our national and international work.

The Performers:

Red Phoenix telling stories

Terrie Howey is the storyteller Red Phoenix, with 20 years’ experience performing and leading workshops around the world. Terrie set up her own storytelling company, Red Phoenix Storytelling and Productions, in 2007 through which she has performed to ages young and old and all abilities in educational institutes, tourist attractions, pubs and clubs, festivals and conferences. In 2012 Terrie was awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship for researching youth storytelling mentoring schemes in America and Canada.

Chris Secker holding his three string guitar

Chris Secker is a multi-instrumentalist who has a passion for strange and unusual instruments from all over the globe. He has played in numerous bands and is skilled composer and improviser, especially when capturing the emotions within stories and bringing to life the characters and landscapes. He has received rave reviews and commendations from the storytelling community for his musical collaborations.

The Show:

The Blurb:
The Crown of Feathers and Fins is the journey of two brothers as different as chalk and cheese. In a landscape where greed and jealously rule the Kingdom the fate of land is in the hands of our unlikely heroes. The story is one of magic, wonder, Phoenix filled skies, mermaids, and creatures who talk and dance, all in a bid to aid the brothers discover their full potential. A tale of fantasy, adventure and love for adults derived from old Manx and Russian stories, this is a new music and storytelling performance created by Chris Secker and Terrie Howey for Red Phoenix Storytelling.

Running Time; 1hr 30 with interval approximately half way.

Recommended audience age; Adults and young people over 14yrs

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Reviews and Testimonials:

Honor Giles and Helen Stewart, Word of Mouth, Manchester:
Crown of Feathers and Fins Premiered at Word of Mouth, Manchester, The Crown of Feathers and Fins is a charming and skilfully woven tapestry of words and music. An intricate tale of Manx origin featuring Odo and Finlo Padden, a magical, straight-talking horse and their individual quests to find happiness, love and good fortune. Terrie brought colour as well as sensitivity to the tale, including some surprise elements which our Manchester audience enjoyed immensely; including an enthusiastic re-creation of the stallholders in the market. Terrie controlled the crowd admirably and brought us back to the story. Chris's accompaniment was subtle and very effective and his star-role as The Talking Horse added greatly to the performance.

Janet Dowling, Red Herring Storynights & Three Heads in a Well, Surrey Storytellers Guild, Surrey:
Terrie Howey brings you the story of The Crown of Feathers and Fins. Two brothers who go out to find their destiny - in greatly different ways. Terrie very deftly sets the scene, using both her bodhran and the music of the talented Chris Secker to pace the story and add dramatic impetus. Her style of telling has greatly matured with this piece - offering a fuller emotional range from the very energetic flair that we know so well from Terrie, to the softer emotional depths where her telling finds a new elegance. Chris's interventions as a intermittent but major character, bring a sense of raw humour that blends with Terrie's chic. An exciting show, and well worth seeing.

Audience Comments:

  • What a sizzling performance! The music brings atmosphere and texture to superb words weaving eloquence and together creates a magical fun packed, thought provoking journey, it was brilliant.
  • Absolutely beautifully presented, with glorious Celtic design as backdrop, prefect storytelling, illuminated wonderfully by the stick guitar.
  • A night to remember. Spell-binding.
  • Enchanting and enthralling one of the best storytelling acts I've seen.
  • A perfect and inspiring blend of word, melody and rhythm.
  • It was a performance more wonderful than wonderful.
  • Passionately told, good dynamics, captivating.

Contact Details:

Red Phoenix Storytelling & Productions
Studio 3.2, York House Centre,
London Road,
Stony Stratford,
MK11 1JQ
Tel: 07966802396

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