Hello All

Let us hope that we all can emerge from this dark period, and no doubt, it will be the source of tales and stories in the future. We tell stories off the ‘baby boomers’ after the war. We sure in the future, there will likely be tales of the ‘covid generation’

Sadly Mike and I over the last year have kept in touch my phone unable to breach the rules by rehearsing together. Many have dabbled with technology and witnessed mixed results

We have taken the opportunity to write, plan, create and look forward to the new normal, whatever that will look like.

With adversity comes opportunity, and to emerge stronger. To this end we are actively looking at expanding to new areas and in some cases, we will offer a free performance to those independents who have struggled. If anything positive is to come out of this crisis, then it will a generosity of spirit we have seen over the last year.

We are still committed to helping charities of our choosing particularly those who benefit our communities directly such as Maggie’s at the City Hospital and Treetops at Risley Derbyshire

We, like all small business have struggled but we are lucky we can sustain and recover.

We are looking forward to performing once more for you. Our website is long overdue to re launch and we hope you will like it.

take care and remain safe

Dave Brookes and Mick Whysall


We were pondering on the word ‘Happy’ which comes from the middle english. It appears to be devolved as best I can understand from Saxon blioi meaning bright , happy, The Norse was Blior meaning mild and gentle. This devolved to Blibe meaning joyous and kind. Around 1520 was blithe then to bliss and blissful. Happy seems to have been derived from from this.

We are still in a bleak period and we yearn to perform once more. we have dipped our toe in digital performance and learned a great deal on how to improve that performance and are looking at digitalising some of our tales and stories

With the new treatments rolling out at least there appears to be a brighter horizon albeit we all need to look after each other.

So we say have a better new year, take care and stay safe

Hello all

As we have said theses are dark times indeed. We are full of admiration for those front line workers and those who put themselves at risk daily to keep us all safe

To talk of story telling seems somewhat insignificant at present, but we hope we will all be safe after this crisis.

What we intend once we come out the out the other side, is perform once more. We realise that this has been hard on many businesses and our friends who have supported us in the past

To this end we plan to perform free of charge to help those who in the past helped The Woolly Tellers

further details will certainly follow so watch this space

With this downtime it enables us to write new material and do some artwork relating to a few of our stories. go to the tab at the top and take a look

Take care all and stay safe

Mick and Dave

The Woolly Tellers will performs stories , tales , anecdotes and song about Nottinghams Victorian music hall.

The show is set in Victorian Nottingham. The town boasted eleven music halls and the Malt Cross was one purpose built on St James’s street.

The shows were ‘near the knuckle’, political, humour, singing and dancing. Men would come to see girls perform in fleshings. Brightly lit, colourful with food at a price that many could afford. A relief from the cruel reality of Victorian life if you were in the lower order Nottingham society.

The watch committee would see the brightly coloured posters over the town and rather than rip them down they would put a label over them saying ‘DEFINITELY NOT RESPECTABLE‘ This of course was an even better reason to go.

Joseph Merrick known as the elephant man appeared , with Leo Dryden, Sam Torr and George Lashwood. Lily Harley was her stage name. she was Hannah Chaplin. The Chaplin’s were a music Hall family and her son was the famous Charlie Chaplin

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