Andy Cannon is one of Scotland’s leading storytellers and was a founder of Wee Stories Theatre where he created productions including Labyrinth, Treasure Island and Arthur, Story of a King. Andy has worked as Artist in Residence at Platform, Glasgow and also with Macrobert, Stirling. Andy was the Creative Director of Performance for the Glasgow 2014 opening ceremony.

The Project

Having worked on the Creative Skills Programme, Storyteller Andy Cannon was inspired to work with Early Years practitioners striving to ensure their nurseries were becoming more creative environments. Following on from that, Andy delivered a pilot project looking at playful ways to explore language and support language development with children aged 0-3 using stories and storytelling.  The project took place in two nursery settings in Dundee: Den’s Road Nursery and St Pius Nursery.

Read the Talking Tales & Moving Matters report on our Evaluation page

Watch Andy’s Five Tools for Storytelling

Five Tools for Storytelling from Starcatchers on Vimeo.



Having Starcatchers visiting our nursery has been a fantastic experience. The children and staff have gained additional knowledge and experiences. The children are actively engaged during the story telling through the props, music and movement opportunities that Andy provides. The children love to revisit the story and are always asking for Andy. This has certainly been a positive and insightful experience for all children and staff.

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