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 a variety of theatre companies throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico and China.
Additionally, I'm a qualified level 5 - TEFL teacher and enjoy teaching English in a fun and playful way through the medium of storytelling and performance.
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, Andrew Ahsmore Acts, Clogless Lobster and Puppet Revolution.
Credits as workshop leader include:
PPLG International Conference, Mala CHERGA Creative Dance Theatre, Herts Inclusive Theatre and The Foundling Museum.
(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 , written articles about storytelling for "Let's Flourish" - a weekly Feel-Good News Letter and presented storytelling workshops in collaboration with Le Theatre de L'Alchimiste.
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 !
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 or Danish language.
Aesop's Fables in Ningbo - China
Sophia Duleep Singh
Time Will Tell Theatre and Essex Cultural Diversity Project
Photo: Ancient House / Norfolk Museums