About Me

Portfolio Debbie Guneratne

Highlights

  • Ostara Australia consultants training
  • MEC Global management training
  • Bespoke performance and management training at BP International Conference
  • Adviser for the British Council in Sri Lanka
  • Designed and delivered an innovative programme for raising standards in writing through storytelling
  • Broadcast for the BBC World Service in the series ‘Telling Tales’
  • Led master classes for professional storytellers in Ireland and Australia
  • Created and performed a story for an indie film
  • Performed at Festival at the Edge
  • Storyteller for The Royal National Theatre’s Arts in Education and Word Alive projects
  • Directed an adult’s performance of The Ramayana
  • Storytelling Master Classes for Gifted and Talented in Canada and UK
  • Organised ‘Banish the Bad Dreams’, a multi art benefit concert in aid of the children affected by the Tsunami in Sri Lanka
  • Storytelling skills training for National Trust volunteers
  • Performed at The Australian National Storytelling Festival
  • Performed and ran workshops on the San Francisco Schools Tour
  • Storyteller on Harry Potter fan trips
  • Performed at The London Mela
  • Resident storyteller at National Portrait Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery & Horniman Museum

Corporate Work

  • Ostara Australia consultants training (2010)
  • MEC Global management training (2006 – 2008)
  • Starting with Stories Conference (University of Derby 2008)
  • Speaker at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Divali celebration dinner (2007)
  • BP International Conference (London 2007)
  • Adviser for the British Council in Sri Lanka (2007)
  • Speaker at the Storytelling Symposiums in England (2004) and Ireland (2005)
  • 1-1 training - Research scientists, IT Managers, Environmental Officers

Community and Educational Work

  • Broadcast for the BBC World Service in the series ‘Telling Tales’
  • Broadcast for Radio 1 Ireland
  • Recorded a storytelling programme for the London Grid for Learning
  • One of Debbie’s stories was made into a film
  • Led master classes for professional storytellers in Ireland and Australia
  • Storytelling Master Classes for Gifted and Talented in Canada and UK
  • Workshop leader for U3A groups
  • Storytellers’ Guild workshops (Australia 2010)
  • Creative Partnerships Storytelling/Creative Writing Project (London 2010)
  • Creative Partnerships Shadow Puppetry and Storytelling Project (Mansfield 2009)
  • Tiny Tales Project (East Staffordshire 2009)
  • Storytelling skills workshops for librarians (Bournemouth 2007, Wexford 2008)
  • Spinning Straw into Gold Workshops for Teacher Trainees (Derby University 2008)
  • West Sussex Storytelling Project (Primary Schools, West Sussex 2008)
  • Starting with Stories Project (Derby City 2008)
  • Storyteller for The Royal National Theatre’s Arts in Education and Word Alive projects (2004 - 2008)
  • Directed a children’s performance of Dragons for Chinese New Year (Erewash 2007)
  • Directed an adult’s performance of The Ramayana (London 2007)
  • Lead storyteller in ‘Arena: The Perfect Circle’, a storytelling and visual arts show with Emergency Exit Arts (London & Bournemouth 2007)
  • Parenting Power Workshops (EEA project, London 2007)
  • Drawing on Age Project (Loughborough, 2007)
  • Lead storyteller in ‘Ramayana’, a South Asian storytelling, dance and gamelan project involving over 700 young people, with Nusantara (Nottingham 2005)
  • Organised ‘Banish the Bad Dreams’ (2005), a multi art benefit concert in aid of the children affected by the Tsunami in Sri Lanka

International Storytelling

From 1993 to date include Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and USA 

  • Ostara Australia Life Journeys’ workshops (2010)
  • The Australian National Storytelling Festival (2010)
  • Storytellers’ Guilds workshops (Australia 2010)
  • San Francisco Schools Tour (USA 2006, 2007)
  • Seattle Public Libraries Tour (USA 2006)
  • The Australian National Storytelling Festival (2005)
                                                                       

UK Performances - Regular performances at the Horniman Museum, The National Portrait Gallery and with Small Tales Storytelling Clubs

  • Uttoxeter Libraries Tour (Uttoxeter, Staffordshire 2010)
  • The Web Festival (Staffordshire 2009)
  • HP fan trips (England 2009)
  • Watford Palace Theatre (London 2009)
  • The Lakeside Festival (Nottingham 2009)
  • Wexford Storytelling Tour (Ireland 2008)
  • Ten Heads, a Fire and a Wish (Story Night at Torriano, London 2008)
  • Ten Heads, a Fire and a Wish (The Irish Centre, London 2008)
  • Ten Heads, a Fire and a Wish (Horniman Museum, London 2008)
  • Bonfire Storytelling at The National Theatre (London 2008)
  • The Cultural Olympiad (East Staffordshire 2008)
  • Divali Stories (Geffrye Museum, London 2008)
  • Surrey Libraries Tour (2008)
  • Derbyshire Literature Festival (2008)
  • Wisdom in the Words (SfS Gathering 2008)
  • Global Stories (Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London 2008)
  • Chinese/Japanese Stories (British Museum, London 2007)
  • Gods and Goddesses Performance (Walsall Art Gallery, Walsall 2007)
  • The Ramayana Adult Performance (The Old Bakehouse, Blackheath, London 2007)
  • The Ramayana Storytelling and Dance Workshop (Horniman Museum, London 2007)
  • The Cobra Stone Adult Performance (Ashdown Forest Storytelling Club, Sussex 2007)
  • Festival of Words (Derby 2007)
  • Lincoln Early Music Festival (2007)
  • Nottingham Riverside Festival (2007)
  • E:merge Festival (Derbyshire 2007)
  • Festival at the Edge (Shropshire 2007)
  • The London Mela (2007)
  • Truck Tales (Hull Truck Theatre sell out shows 2007)
  • HP fan trips (England, Scotland 2007)
  • Sundiata Performance (Greenwich Playhouse, London 2007)
  • Promoting a Happy Heart and Mind (Ramada Hotel, Loughborough 2007)
  • Storytelling Café (Midlands 2007)
  • The Road to Butterfly Mountain Adult Performance (Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen, Scotland 2006)
  • The Cobra Stone Adult Performance (The Irish Centre, London 2006)
  • The Cobra Stone Adult Performance (Story Night at Torriano, London 2006)
  • The Cobra Stone Adult Performance (Storytelling in Hope, London 2006)
  • E:merge Festival (Derbyshire 2006)
  • The Bealtaine Festival (Ireland 2006)The Sting in the Tail Festival (2006)
  • Truck Tales (Hull Truck Theatre sell out shows 2006)
  • The Web Festival (Staffordshire 2006)
  • Derbyshire Literature Festival (2006)
  • Banish the Bad Dreams Concert (London 2005)
  • Truck Tales (Hull Truck Theatre sell out shows 2005)
  • The Spit-Lit Festival (London 2005)
  • Bromley Youth Music Festival (Bromley 2005)
  • E:merge Festival (Derbyshire 2005)
  • Truck Tales (Hull Truck Theatre sell out shows, 2004)
  • The Wexford Storytelling Festival (Ireland 2004)
  • Festival at the Edge (Shropshire 2004)
  • E:merge Festival (Derbyshire 2004)
  • The Culture, Media and Food Project, (Derbyshire 2004)

The following listings represent some of the major pieces within Debbie’s current performance repertoire for adults.

The Road to Butterfly Mountain - A journey around Sri Lanka, the island known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, which weaves its culture and traditional stories with Debbie’s personal stories.

The Cobra Stone (Naga Manikkya) - Tales of the dangerous and intriguing world of the supernatural Nagas woven between real life stories of Debbie’s father and his experience with snakes.

Ten Heads, a Fire and a Wish - A retelling of the epic ‘Ramayana’ from a Sri Lankan perspective, both cultural and individual.

Future performances

Women of WhiteA performance of 3 stories from Sri Lanka, China and Malaysia, based on women who have changed their worlds.

Kings and PromisesA performance that evolved from the search for a country’s name.

Read "What my clients say"
Read more comments from our Clients, Parents & Children of Small Tales Storytelling Clubs

 

 

quoteThe stories were jewels which you made into a necklace! Everyone ended with a necklace of their own. un-quote

Sally, Story Garden, San Francisco

quoteYou hold your story with your heart, your mind, your eyes and your body and then you make us all feel part of it. un-quote

SATHI group leader, Loughborough

quoteThe points you gave about how to deal with the unexpected during presentations, are invaluable and I will incorporate them into my future presentations. un-quote

Alex, Research Scientist

quoteJust wanted to say how much I enjoyed the stories. You took us all, especially the children, to another world. un-quote

Raminder, Teacher, Indian Tales, Horniman Museum

quote‘I’ve always wanted to wear a sari – it’s been a dream of mine – and to have you drape it around me as you told the Sari story, well I felt so special and at my age it isn’t often you feel that way.’ un-quote

Julie, grandma and carer, Horniman Museum

quote Fantastic stories, I really enjoyed it. I don’t tell stories to my kids because my dad was a great storyteller and I can’t be like him, but you’ve made me confident enough to try. un-quote

Steve (parent), Lakeside Community Primary School, ‘Starting with Stories’ project, Derby

quote I thought the idea that we all have a diamond inside us was great and especially good for our Year 7 students to hear. I watched their faces light up! un-quote

Sally, Deputy Head, Plashet School, London

quote I really liked the way the real life snake stories of your father were told, the warmth and humour contrasted and added to the shape shifting Naga world./em> un-quote

Dan at FATE

quote Your workshop was an insight into the land of imagination and the minds of others. un-quote

Joanne (IT manager), UK

quote Debbie is able to find the extraordinary within the ordinary. un-quote

Carrie, Storytelling Symposium, UK