• This has been one of the most surprising evenings I have attended… I have laughed and been shocked… what a night! This has been a real treat… it was edgy, fun, and very very naughty.

    Audience member, Breckland Book Festival

Living Literature Walks

Living Literature Walks – Falmouth & Mousehole from Scary Little Girls on Vimeo.

We are incredibly proud of these much loved walks, which are really site-specific events: part self-guided tour, part promenade performance.  Our audiences are given a specially written route to follow, which not only directions them but also points out hints and histories about where they are, and as they walk they encounter actors who perform poems or short extracts of prose as if they were mini-plays.

We are forever indebted to director Abigail Anderson who developed this concept for Scary Little Girls in 2007 after her work with Mark Rylance’s on his Sonnet Walks for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, the inspiration for the original events.  Abi’s Shakespeare in the Streets has been going from strength to strength and we highly recommend you join them for wonderful renditions of the bard’s beloved sonnets.

Scary Little Girls has created our own bespoke Living Literature Walks and events all over the country.  We have created performance pieces from literature as wide ranging as Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Daphne du Maurier, Agatha Christie to Philip Pullman  and many other classic and contemporary writers.  We have also commissioned exciting new writers, musicians and visual artists for these walks.

If you would like to talk to us about creating a Living Literature Walk or site-specific performance for your venue, festival or event, please contact Rebecca Mordan on: becca@scarylittlegirls.co.uk or 0797 6623 706.

Latest news

“The Ghosts in the Stones”

June 5th, 2014

Following their sell-out performances of “In the Footsteps of the Mitfords” in 2012 and 2013, Scary Little Girls has devised a new Living Literature Event to celebrate the history of Asthall Manor, from its beginnings in the 1600s to its life as a World War 1 convalescent home; its inspirational role in the development of the […]

Back in the BBF!

February 23rd, 2014

We’re delighted to be returning to the Breckland Book Festival (#BBF2014!) in Norfolk for the second year running - and especially honoured to be performing at the launch event on Wednesday 26th February.  Scary Little Girls will share a stage with celebrated author Louis de Bernières, who will read from his new collection of verse, Imagining Alexandria: Poems in […]

Much ado about Kernow!

November 12th, 2013

Scary Little Girls have all sorts going on… And we couldn’t be more delighted!  Let’s crack right on: Cornwall Youth Theatre has commissioned SLG to write the story of the Heligan Gardeners, which will be performed in the gardens themselves next April as part of a project which includes Wild Works, Heligan and CYT We frightened the wotsits out […]

Hallowe’en storytelling in Penryn and Falmouth

October 15th, 2013

This is what Scary Little Girls does best! Intimate, unique events which lift the veil on your home town SLG has been casting Hallowe’en spells since its very beginnings, spooking and entertaining audiences with insane cabaret on a London canal barge; tricking and treating in Cornwall; bringing Sweet Witchery to Oxford – but above all, telling stories. On Saturday 26th and Sunday […]

The Mitford sisters are back!

September 8th, 2013

“I am normal, my wife is normal, but my daughters are each more foolish than the other.” Lord Redesdale, ‘Farve’ of the Mitford girls “Whenever I read the words ‘Peer’s Daughter’ in a headline I know it’s going to be something about one of you children.” Lady Redesdale, ‘Muv’ of the Mitford girls “Everybody’s talking […]

Top Cornish talent performing in Penzance Living Literature Walk this weekend

June 17th, 2013

We are very excited about Pens, Paints, Swords and Fish, Scary Little Girls’ enthralling blend of interactive performance, poetry and song which will bring the streets of Penzance alive on 22 and 23 June. As audience members follow their carefully constructed guide through the town, they will meet some of Cornwall’s best and brightest performers, engaging them with Cornish […]

Smashing boundaries! Defying categorisation!

May 24th, 2013

Earlier this month, renowned arts critic and champion Lyn Gardner wrote an article for The Guardian entitled “Don’t box me in: why label art forms?”.  Inspired in part by her enjoyment of Scary Little Girls’ Living Literature Walk Stage Rights!, which took place in London this April, Lyn argues that artistic and theatrical “[b]oundaries are […]

Anticipation builds for “Stage Rights!”

April 11th, 2013

Tickets are selling fast for Scary Little Girls’ Living Literature Walk Stage Rights! this month, an event which celebrates the plays of the Actress’ Franchise League. For Books’ Sake has published a glowing review of Naomi Paxton’s The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays, from which SLG will perform extracts in the streets of London’s Theatre Land […]

“Stage Rights” brings Theatre Land of the Suffragettes to life!

March 17th, 2013

To celebrate the publication of The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays, on 20th and 27th April 2013 Scary Little Girls and Naomi Paxton aim to bring the West End of the Actresses’ Franchise League alive – with Stage Rights!, a Living Literature Walk through London’s Theatre Land. “Everybody’s talking about this fascinating 90 minute […]

Lights On, Lights Off in Mousehole

November 29th, 2012

This December Scary Little Girls will take you into Mousehole Town to discover the secret stories kept by its hearths and harbour… UPDATE: The starting point for Lights On, Lights Off will be the lovely old Harbour Office on Fore Street (TR19 6TQ) – opposite Seawitch Stores and next door to a barber’s and beautician’s.