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, Theatre Tots, London Symphony Orchestra, Tea Dance for Little People, Time Will Tell Theatre, Griffin Historical, Andrew Ahsmore and Associates, Clogless Lobster and Puppet Revolution.
Credits as workshop leader and presenter include:
Historic Royal Palaces with Zoom Through History, PPLG International Conference, Mala CHERGA Creative Dance Theatre, The Foundling Museum and Herts Inclusive Theatre.
(Please see 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,
The Peel Institute and Jacksons Lane.
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 tales, with the aim to entertain, teach, uplift and inspire everyone to be playful, and delve into the magical world of stories and imagination!!
Another passion is helping people build and improve confidence by teaching 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