Sandal Sticks Theatre

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My name is   Grethe Mangala Jensen  AKA  Sandal Sticks Theatre, an  ALRA trained actress/puppeteer and professional storyteller of Sri Lankan and Danish heritage, who has toured extensively  with children's, educational and historical theatre companies throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico and China.

Additionally, I'm a qualified level 5 - TEFL  teacher and enjoy teaching young learners English in a fun and playful way, incorporating storytelling , song and rhyme.



Credits as actor and puppeteer  include:                                

The Unicorn Theatre, Quicksilver Children's Theatre, London Bubble, Theatre Hullabaloo, The Brewhouse Theatre, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, White Horse Theatre, Fantasy High Street, Moonstruck Astronaut, Angel Exit, Nysa Projects, Actaea Productions Norway, London Symphony Orchestra, Tea Dance for Little People, Time Will Tell Theatre, Griffin Historical, Clogless Lobster and Puppet Revolution.


Credits as workshop leader include:

Herts Inclusive Theatre, Mala CHERGA Dance Theatre, Nysa Projects and Trim Tots CIC.


(Please see The Spotlight CV for detailed performance credits)


I tell  stories of all kinds to all ages and regularly perform in venues such as The London Eye, The Cutty Sark, The Jewish Museum London, The Horniman Museum and Gardens and The Peel Institute.

I have also been blessed to have  toured bilingual and international schools across China with Hong Kong based Pana Wakke Education, I have told stories for The National Literacy Trust,  The Istanbul International Storytelling Festival  and written articles about storytelling for "Let's Flourish" - a weekly Feel-Good News Letter.


A career highlight and absolute  honour has been  to present a speech at The House of Commons, playing the part of and telling the story of Sophia Duleep Singh -

royal princess and suffragette !

(A Time Will Tell Theatre production, curated by Essex Cultural Diversity Project)




I am passionate about telling many types of stories, with the aim to  entertain, teach, uplift and inspire  children and adults to read, write and share stories professionally or as a hobby and  I  love helping  people build and improve  confidence  by  teaching voice, singing, drama and storytelling workshops, which I facilitate in either English and Danish language.


Aesop's Fables in Ningbo - China

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Sophia Duleep Singh 

Time Will Tell Theatre and Essex Cultural Diversity Project

Photo: Ancient House / Norfolk Museums