Hello! Welcome to my storytelling site. For books, you’ll find everything you need here: www.catweatherillauthor.com.
But if you’d like to read more about my storytelling work – what I do and why I love to do it – you are absolutely in the right place! Let’s begin.
First a question I am often asked…
WHAT IS ‘PERFORMANCE STORYTELLING?’
Sometimes people think storytelling is like acting, but in many ways it is closer to stand-up comedy: a performer uses words to get an emotional response from an audience. The difference is that storytellers work with a wider palette of emotions than comedians. Yes, they can make you smile and laugh – that’s easy! But I make people cry, especially when I tell a personal story.
The truth can be very beautiful. With adults, I don’t use any props or effects. I simply use a combination of voice, physicality and stillness. For me, it’s like setting off on a journey, stepping into another world, and the audience comes with me. We share the emotional ride together. People sigh with delight or gasp in wonder. I tell ghost stories that raise neck hairs, and sexy stories that raise temperatures. I can be outrageously funny one moment then still the world with my singing voice.
I know… I am sounding immodest! But I know in my heart, I truly have a gift for this. It’s what I was born to do. And I have been doing it for twenty years now, and my after-show Comments Book is so full of lovely things people have said, I have to believe it!! I know that for me, performing is as instinctive as breathing. I have never been trained in storytelling. I simply begin and people listen deeply. I find it humbling and amazing and wonderful all at the same time!
Cat is one of Europe’s leading live storytellers. Her distinctive performance style, fiery female energy and love of emotionally-charged, intimate tales have assured her a place on many festival wish lists.
As a performer, Cat is bold, magical, passionate and strong, and performs with extraordinary focus and intensity. She brings a distinctive contemporary gloss to the most ancient of arts.
She studied Drama at the University of Hull, and was a professional actor and singer before discovering storytelling in 1997. Championed by the Hay Festival, she quickly established herself as one of the most exciting and distinctive voices of British storytelling. Her relationship with the Hay Festival endures; she has performed more than twenty times at Hay Festival Wales, and guested at Hay Festival Nairobi and Hay Festival Kerala.
Cat has worked with the legendary Crick Crack Club in London, and performed several shows at the Barbican. She usually performs solo, but her collaborations include the beautiful and beguiling Queen of the Planets with Daniel Morden, and The Tale of Tom Fortune and the Fearsome Bellowhead with the mighty eleven- piece folk band Bellowhead. She also works in Copenhagen, as part of Best Tellers.
She has worked with the British Council to promote British storytelling abroad, including trips to Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Russia.
Cat has trained in Narrative Therapy, and loves working with true life stories. She has created two true life storytelling clubs: the much-loved Tell Me On A Sunday at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, and the Arts Council funded Mee Club at the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry. She also leads her own troupe of true life storytellers, Flashlight.
Cat is also a best selling children’s author, with books translated into ten languages. For adults, she has written for The Times and primetime BBC Radio 4.
‘A magical performer’ -The Times
’Audiences are invariably spellbound by her intimate style’ -Paris L’Express
‘Some people are born to be performers, and Cat Weatherill is one of them’ -The Hindu
‘Can make you laugh and cry at the flick of a switch, such is the depth of her emotional palette’ -London In Sight
‘When Cat Weatherill steps forward with a narrative, it is an invitation to experience the emotions of her characters and go on a voyage with them’ -The Times of India
‘Cat is one of our great storytellers, vivacious and inventive’ -Michael Morpurgo
‘She has a theatrical background that lends a vividness to the fluid lines of her show and vivacity to the delicate traditional songs she sings’ -The Big Issue
‘Describing Cat as a storyteller is akin to describing Everest as a hill’ -BJ Burton
‘Now we need a new roof at the Best Tellers – Cat blew it right off’ -Kasper Sorensen, BestTellers, Copenhagen
‘Sell out superstar!’ -Peter Florence, Festival Director, The Hay Festival
‘Always entertaining, often surprising and challenging, but more than that – she is inspirational’ -Francesca Kay
‘Cat’s tales are charged with life and delivered with clarity, certainty and skill’ -Ben Haggarty, Artistic Director of the Crick Crack Club