STORYTELLING

ELEANOR BUCHAN TELLS TALES FOR THE GREAT TURNING, DANCING BETWEEN RESPECTFUL IRREVERENCE AND THE DEEPLY SACRED AND OPENING HEARTS TO THE WILD AND THE WARY.


THE SHADOW TRAVELLERS

storytelling company

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Eleanor is one half of this storytelling duo with the truly excellent Zoie Kennedy O’Connor (of award-winning Twice Shy Theatre). Together they shadow travel, using improvised tales to probe the collective unconscious, weaving tales that meet the moment and the gathered, tales that are dark, tender, unexpected and harness the power of metaphor to transform.

The Shadow Travellers tell at arts nights, private events, music gigs, front rooms, board rooms, found locations, on boats, by candlelight, with She Leads Change and for 6Heads, The Hospital Club, South London Red Tent, and at festivals such as Shambala, Latitude, and Amsterdam Fringe Festival.

To find out more: www.theshadowtravellers.com

THE VERY BEST OF ‘IN THE NOW’ IMPROVISED CREATION WITH A DEEP SEATED UNDERSTANDING OF ARCHETYPE, MYTHOLOGY AND MAGIC.
— Tom Fortes Mayer, clinical hypnotherapist and author of 'The Free Mind Project'

OPEN WIDE

Written & performed by eleanor buchan

Photograph by David Pickens

Photograph by David Pickens

A voyage into the murky world of hysteria in the 19th Century, this tale travels through the science and history of the voice, the birth of psychoanalysis and the redemptive power of storytelling.

“Part historical lecture, part autobiographical reclamation, part live surgery, I invite you to join me for dinner…”

Commissioned by The Curiosity Cabaret and performed at The Old Operating Theatre, Open Arts Café, Carnival Revolution, Hysteria♯6, Curious & Curiouser at Soho House and for Spark Fest and Bath Fringe Festival.

COMPELLING, TAUT, AND RICH IN DRAMA, INTELLECT, CHARACTER AND HEART. THE PERFORMANCE VIRTUOSO. I LEFT FEELING GRIPPED, MOVED AND ENLIGHTENED.
— Lucy Kirkwood, playwright

MEMENTO MORI

written & performed by Eleanor buchan

Made in association with the Heroine Project presents

Photograph by Henry McGrath

Photograph by Henry McGrath

Memento Mori: remember that you have to die. A newly commissioned piece of promenade storytelling tells the stories of Berkhamsted past, present and future and asks each of us: how do we want to be remembered? Featuring original research that digs down into the history embedded in a two hundred year old cemetery, the storyteller leads you on a journey through space, time and song and invites you to consider all that is powerful about the way we tell our stories.

What you want your epitaph to say?

The Heroine Project Presents specialises in telling the stories of women from history who have been overlooked or misrepresented. This is Eleanor’s third collaboration with THHP’s superb artistic director, Elizabeth Crarer.

Commissioned by the Friends of St Peter’s Great Berkhamsted, and made by the support of Heritage Lottery funding, this is a tale that celebrates the people of Berkhamsted, the forgotten voices, the sheer glory of history’s mysteries and the insistent truth that we have only one wild and wonderful life.

To find out more: www.theheroineprojectpresents.com

EXQUISITELY WELL DONE...IT TURNED THESE STONES INTO LIVING STORIES.
— Audience feedback

CROW SONG

Written & performed by eleanor buchan

in association with the heroine project presents

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Taking on the Celtic Goddess of War, The Morrigan, this tale dives down into the tender heart of the storyteller’s shadow in an age gone mad, encountering rage, despair, the difficulty of re-using plastic cups, the challenges of Games of Thrones and the ultimate redemption of really feeling it all.

“Those who seek her, then, must ask themselves: where will she find a place in your life? When you find her bloody and screaming, revelling in gore, dancing from sword-edge to spear-point, what will that mean for you?”

Directed by Elizabeth Crarer, Artistic Director of The Heroine Project Presents, and for Bath Fringe Festival the piece is currently in development.

I’VE NEVER SEEN A PIECE OF THEATRE MORE SUITED TO WHAT I WANT AND NEED – BOTH AS AN AUDIENCE MEMBER VIEWING SOMETHING AND AS A WOMAN WHO NEEDED TO HEAR SOMETHING SHE DIDN’T REALIZE SHE NEEDED TO HEAR.
— Audience feedback

COLLECTED STORIES

Independent storytelLING

Photography by Neyire Ashworth

Photography by Neyire Ashworth


Eleanor holds a collection of stories under her skirts, ready to pull out at any appropriate - or inappropriate - moment. Celtic myths, folk tales from other cultures, stories of what has been forgotten, stories of what has been overlooked. Tales of wolves dragging suitcases through the silent snow that open to reveal beating human hearts, of lovers lost in space, of children with silver hair streaming down their backs, of women who peel off their skins and make love in blood and scales with fishermen, of roads paved with stars roared upon by brutal horsemen, of boys who fall in love with express trains.

As a teller, Eleanor bleeds the contemporary into the ancient, the personal with the universal, the tragic with the redemptive. She calls in stories for a new time, one that connects us deeply to each other and the world around us.

She is available for gigs at arts events, festivals, private nights and launches. She crafts stories as gifts and is available for commission.

ELEANOR BUCHAN IS ONE OF THOSE ARTISTS WHO IS SO POWERFULLY PRESENT ON STAGE THAT I AM IMMEDIATELY EMOTIONALLY CAPTURED AND DEEPLY MOVED.
— Chris Grady, director of GCO

RESEARCH

Practice-based investigations

Photograph by Anita Holtsclaw

Photograph by Anita Holtsclaw

Eleanor is having a great time researching the mysterious alchemy of improvised storytelling and what is can reveal about our collective conscious and unconscious. How walking into imaginative landscapes can reveal to us what we need to know and how collaborative travelling can forge shared mythscapes, particularly in relation to communities and devised theatre practice.

Begun on residency at Tissardmine Arts Centre in the heart of the desert in Morocco, she is gathering material for a body of research titled NAVIGATIO - a circular journey of exodus and return that apprentices us to signs of strangeness with a view to becoming more attentive to one’s own time and place.

She is always interested in hearing from people who are likewise working within the world of storytelling, theatre, the work of neuropsychology and its relationship to symbol, improvisation techniques. She is actively looking for musicians to collaborate with and with whom she can weave sound and story as shared voice.

Eleanor is about to embark on a 6 month long training with Sarah Mooney on Dr Pinkola Estes’s seminal text Women Who Run With the Wolves, and is currently finishing course in Mythic Imagination and Celtic Myth with Dr Sharon Blackie and The Hedge School.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TALKING TO ELEANOR