Janet Tells Stories


Folktales of the Cosmos Shows 

Which ever version you choose- it will be fun!

45-90 mins .Timing can be adjusted according to your needs.

Whose Constellation is it anyway?

The Pleiades is a star cluster that rises above and below the horizon every six months and can be seen on both sides of the world. Its arrival and departure is a warning of the change of the seasons- but different according to which part of the world you are in. For some there are heavy winds, so you don’t go out on the sea, or the bison will soon be moving across the plain, or that now is a good time to plant crops, or that winter will soon be coming and its time now to prepare stocks.  Critical to survival and important to recognise in the sky. What stories do they tell?

“Whose constellation is it anyway” can vary from a Performance to a Talk&Tales or even to a Workshop to explore “Same Stars, Different Stories,” and the implications of working with stories that are not of your culture.

Asking for the Moon

There are many Myths about the moon some have influenced our scientific enquiries. The Chinese have stories of a moon maiden Changi and a Rabbit in the moon. Their first space rocket to the moon was called Changi and the first two moon rovers were call jetu 1 and Jetu 2- meaning moon rabbit. But even before the Chinese Space program was under way the Apollo 11 astronauts were tasked to look out for Changi and the rabbit. These tales from other cultures show us the richness of the variety of the stories in the moon – but sometimes across continents they can be surprisingly Similar.


Dancing with the Northern lights

Until recently the northern lights could only be seen close to the pole, but with solar flares they are increasingly seen even in middle Europe rather than just the north ( or even the South with the corresponding Southern Lights.) This evening of tales will share the old stories of the northern lights and maybe we can explore how we might create new stories for our day! 

Star Stories for Children

The Animal Zoo in  the Night Sky 

There are 42 different animal, bird or fish constellations in the Night Sky. Some are just above our heads and some you can’t see because they are on the other side of the world- but they are there.

Not all of them have a story – but a lot of them do and the others we can find by looking at the folk tales of the countries who can see the stars! The giraffe, the ram, the fox and the swans, the hare not forgetting the dove, the crow, a sea monster and a dolphin.

Discover the night sky as you never knew existed and help make up a story for the lizard who is feeling lonely without a story.

The Other Night Sky.

Have you ever peered at the night sky- looking for shapes and naming them? How about the clouds in the sky- what images do you see? Clouds change in an instant, but the stars have their rhythms. Some are always visible, some seem to change places, some appear to disappear and then come back. Over time people associated the movement of the stars with measuring time, planting, navigating, and knowing when the beasts migrate across the plains. But not everyone sees the same stars in the same way. These are the other tales of the night sky told from across the world from the cold of the polar regions to the sweaty nights of the equator, from guides to social life in the west to fairy tales of the east.  

  – there are a lot of stories 


@Images by Vicky Jocher

Greek Tales: Lust & Revenge –  The Passions of the Night Sky 

These are the tales of the night sky that are drawn from the Greek myths – illustrated by the constellations above you – addressing adult themes. An age appropriate version can be delivered for children.

They are stand alone stories – all about 45 -60 mins long.

Show 1
Me too
Perseus and Medusa

perseus and medusa

Show 2
Who is your father?
Ophiuchus ( the 13th zodiac no one wants) and Orion (desperately seeking father’s approval). 

Show 3
Fake news
Hera’s Revenge. The real story of Jason and the Argonauts 

Hers's Revenge argo-navis-johannes-hevelius

… or they can be paired with a 30 mins of stories from the other Greek myths in the sky.

Ursa major bear

Callisto’s story- the great bear

Alt Text

Bootes: deluded fool or wise man


Auriga: The sad Charioteer