The Story Republic

Normally, our glamorous performers would be out and about regaling audiences with stories, poems and songs at various Cornish festivals and events. Since this isn't possible, our tremendous team are bringing song, storytelling, puppetry and more to you at home.


Since Spring 2020, The Story Republic have been finding innovative ways to bring their stories, song, art and charm home to you. This has come in the form of online festival performances, digital storytelling and story posters and postcards popping up around community hubs.

Our team are made up of emerging and more experienced performers with various backgrounds in theatre and performance. They cut quite a dash dressed in their Sunday best, brandishing suitcases and performing poems. You can watch our short film,  buy our CD or see examples of our most recent digital work below..

Their repertoire includes many Charles Causley poems such as ‘Figgie Hobbin’, where a grumpy King pushes away all delicacies in favour of his prized Cornish pudding; and ‘My Young Man’s a Cornishman’, where our ladies fight over a rather self satisfied young man. They will also rouse you with sea shanties, and lull you with stories. The Story Republic are directed by Annamaria Murphy, our Artistic Director, and Nix Rosewarne, Guest Director. The Story Republic make an excellent addition to any festival or event, find out how to book them here!

Digital Storytelling Summer 2020

1: Distance by Keith Sparrow

2: Plenty More Fish by Penny Gunter

3. Lucy Wild Hair by Annamaria Murphy

4. The Lobster Catcher by Olivia Lowry

5. Window by Jo Lumber


Thirteen Jolliffs and Other Stories, funded by Feast

These stories were all written by The Story Republic team about Liskeard, Looe and Polperro, inspired by real and imagined happenings. They were designed into posters and postcards which were spread around the towns and sent out with local community groups. See some examples of the posters by following the links below, and watch the culminating video.

Joan the Wad

Liskeard Town Riots

The Old Dark Lane of Looe

Rock Bottom – a Winter Audio Drama

Written by Sarah Connors, directed by Anna Murphy and starring Keith Sparrow , Nina Hills and Connie Crosby , with sound by Phil Innes, Rock Bottom is an audio drama written, performed and produced as part of The Story Republic’s digital programme. A story about love, family loyalty and community, Rock Bottom is an audio drama for adults about a small Cornish community readjusting to life after Lockdown 1.