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    Hello and welcome to  Sandal Sticks Theatre ! - A name I chose to honour my part Sri Lankan heritage and all things sandal wood.  Thank you for stopping by!


    I  love stories, and  what  I love even more is to share them with people of all ages because they can make you feel good (sometimes sad), teach you lessons ,  inspire confidence  as well as creativity and  an appreciation of  language  in all its forms. Stories have been part of human existence since the beginning of time and have brought healing, love, excitement, fun and resolve to people around the world!

    The story in the video is a true tale about "Little Grethe", who wished to travel the world and tell stories - a  tale about believing in yourself  and  going for your dreams ! 


    "Grethe had 16 children absolutely spellbound. Full of creativity, suspense and laughter, she made the birthday party so special.

    Jo Swinson, Director - Partners for New Economy (former MP) 


    "Colourful renditions of classic stories"

    Time Out London

    "Your story sessions were fabulous and you are so brilliant at adapting the sessions depending on the audience"

    Emma Coen, National Literacy Trust

    "Grethe proved that she can invariably deliver her content at top standard, while at the same time adapting to the demands of  each particular circumstance and curricular target - she does it all without loosing her cheerfulness."

    Sonia Zivkovic, Panna Wakke Education

    "Grethe was a huge hit and well received by families and children!"

    Natasha Miller, White Label Events

    "You are an amazing actress,. Thank you for bringing such a wonderful experience."

    londonwifediaries - Visual Storyteller

    "Grethe's performance was so much fun and thoroughly engaging ! All our visitors commented that it was the highlight of their day."  


    OLivia Murphy, Museum of the Home

    "Thank you so much for coming along yesterday and making Olive's party such a huge success. The children absolutely loved the storytelling session and gave it a huge thumbs up,  and the parents were really impressed with how you kept the children captivated and engaged for such a long time."

    Claire Globe, illustrator and animator

    "Thank you for your work on Saturday, you were wonderful and the audience had a wonderful time"

    Perdie Bagh, producer - Chats Palace

    "Thank you so much for making the party such a special occasion yesterday. The children were totally transfixed and loved the way you made it interactive for them, were so considerate, and paid so much attention to detail. Thank you."

    Emily Reynolds

    "It's always brilliant to have you perform at our events, and we always get great feedback, so thank you from us!" 


     Harriet Anscombe, events coordinator - The Horniman Museum and Gardens.

     "you were amazing, students were enthralled!"

    Karen Mathieson , SUIS - China


    David Gutierrez, SUIS  Shangyin - China

    "Loved it.She is very interesting and captivated the attention of her audience. My staff and parents said great things."


    Susan Friend, QSI, Shenzhen - China

    "Grethe was wonderful. Her storytelling at our daughter's birthday party was an absolute delight and enthralled both children and adults alike. We would love to see her again!"

    Cressida Tuson , Happy Party Mum

    "She is a wonderful storyteller, incredibly conscientious and inspirational" 

    Kathy Hipperson, Time Will Tell Theatre

    "I took my children to The Elves and the Shoemaker storytelling session at the Horniman yesterday and they absolutely loved it! The lady performing it was excellent and fantastic with the children."

    A visitor to the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

    "Grethe is a fantastic storyteller!" 

    Kerry Lanigan, director- Nysa Projects and Trim Tots CIC

    "Your video (Little Red Hen) is 4 year old absolutely loved it and asked to watch it again 15 minutes later. She interacted with it doing all the actions . 

    It was truly lovely to watch. Thank you immensely".

    Bridie Jackson,  Language Linkers Project

    "Grethe has got the real art of storytelling! Beautiful!"

    Suleika Malcolm -Visual Artist

    "Grethe is a gifted performer,whose beautiful and captivating stories not only engage but entertain her audience."

    Karen Van Coevorden, Jewish Museum London


    "Teachers and parents were very pleased with the workshop and the different approaches they learned." 

     Andy Mcilwain, Dulwich College, Shanghai - China


    "Thank you for telling stories at Alma's party, you are so great with kids, thank you for making it magical." 

    Lisa Sarah Jenkin , Art Therapist and Visual Artist


    "A mesmerising performer with humility and strength" 


    Hannah de Quincy, Artistic Director- Moonstruck Astronaut CIC  

    "Amazing Storytelling, really engaging. The puppet and voices were great"

    Ashley Nicolas 


    "A storyteller of compelling skill, who always engages fully and draws people in"


     Simon Norbury, Actor - Director


    "Brilliant Storyteller"


     Caroline Stevens, artistic director - Hertfordshire Inclusive Theatre

    "Absolutely amazing! - Great interaction with children, made great use props and had everyone involved."

    Audience feedback - HIT Family Fun Day


    "Enchanting, lovely to see the kids faces." -


    Audience feedback - HIT Family Fun Day


    "Grethe's performances are fun, lively yet gentle, magical and beautiful."


     Vanessa Woolf, storyteller - London Dreamtime

    "We adored your performance."


     Lauren Martin, Things Made Public


    "Beautiful, all the age groups were engaged"


     Christine Alderson, Stoke Newington Library


    "We are so glad you could come and tell your amazing stories! Everybody loved them!"   


     Sarah Elghady, Midsummer Dreams Festival

    "The children loved your approach"


     Hulya Ucar, teacher - Dania School London

    "Just to say , I came with my husband and kids and some friends to see 'The Tinderbox (Jacksons lane) yesterday.

     - I just wanted to say how much we all enjoyed it, and thought Grethe Mangala Jensen was just wonderful."

     Chritina Cadogan

    "An engaging and lovely storyteller.."
























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