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Traditional oral storyteller, Innsbruck, Austria, Europe, Ziyadliwa (Suzanne Whitby)

Let me tell you a story

Oral storyteller and performance artist Suzanne Whitby has spent over 10 years creating unforgettable storytelling experiences for adult and youth audiences and performing internationally at schools, local stages, festivals, galleries, museums, and more!

With a twinkle in her eye, high energy and a way with words, Suzanne draws on an eclectic collection of more than 200 traditional tales, myths, legends, songs, and timeless epics from across the globe as well as “geostories”, science, history, and stories of everyday life to create unforgettable performances that are wise, witty, and filled with wonder. When Suzanne tells, be prepared to be transported into brave new (or old!) worlds and travel them with the theatre of your mind…

Oral, performance storyteller in Austria / Suzanne Whitby / Ziyadliwa

Performances & shows

Suzanne’s repertoire is eclectic: she has a vast collection of stories in her head and at her fingertips drawn from traditional tales, myths, legends, songs, and timeless epics as well as “geostories”, and stories from science, history, and everyday life. Her performances range from 20 minutes to 2 hours.

Always captivating, her tales and performances are ever-changing: playful, poignant, peaceful, haunting, humorous, deep, delicious, dark, gleeful, emotional, evocative, provocative, magical, macabre, bawdy, beautiful, immersive. Although she changes the ingredients—the stories, the journey, the telling—the experience is always unforgettable.

Looking for ready-to-hear storytelling show?

Take a look at Suzanne’s evergreen, touring shows that are available on request.

Want to create something unique for an event or an occasion? Get in touch.

Where in the world…?

Suzanne creates and performs stories wherever there is an audience! You’re just as likely to see her telling tales at a campsite in Namibia or in a local coffee shop or bar as you are to see her at a conference or on a festival stage.

Some of the places you’ll find her include:

Events & festivals

Suzanne takes stories old and new from across the globe and weaves them into colourful, curious and sometime unexpected patterns to engage and involve audiences at private gatherings, school halls, libraries, public stages, conferences and meetings, festival tents, and events of all shapes and sizes.

Heritage spaces & museums

Bring heritage spaces, museums, and artefacts, collections and displays to life with Suzanne’s tailor-made storytelling programme. In addition to crafting and telling stories, Suzanne also provides training and workshops for heritage staff, and crafts story-driven interpretations, too.

Environmental & green

In our ever-changing and sometimes troubling times, it’s a joy to explore the rich natural world around us through the lens of oral storytelling and traditional tales. Whether your intention is to engage, entertain, inspire or provoke thought, Suzanne can help you find and tell the right story.

Curious? Want to discuss a storytelling performance in your space?

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I never miss Ziyadliwa’s shows in Innsbruck. Her stories are clever and thought-provoking, and from the first word of every show, I’m sucked into the story. She’s full of energy and I’m with her on the whole journey, every single time. Recommended!

- Kimberley Thomas

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