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Raquel McKee
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  • Antrim, Northern Ireland
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Through The Rainbow - N. Ireland's Pot of Gold?

April 2014 marks the inauguration of  'Through the Rainbow' - N.Ireland's (and Ireland's) first storytelling festival for children, performed by children.  It has been an exciting journey developing N.Ireland's greatest resource - its children.  True to form, the workshops with the children have had the goosebumps moments, as well as the 'Why am I doing this again?' moments, but it will all be worth it when the children finally deliver the stories they have been preparing.  It has certainly…


Posted on March 28, 2014 at 3:58pm — 1 Comment

Tax Returns

Just finished filing my tax return and that usual sense of relief is flooding over me.  Know what I mean?  I get all uptight about it, and don't allow Decmber to be over without filing it - just in case I need help and the lines are all clogged up. 


I wish I was one of the fortunate people who had thousands of pounds returned by the tax office, isntead of having to pay them this year, but hey,... what to do...?

Posted on December 29, 2010 at 5:38pm

5 minutes fame with Seame's Potto and Hilda, Oscar and Bert.

Having missed the premier party, I was completely unsure of what to expect of my eminent broadcast with the BBC. But I needen't have worried. It was good! You can catch me this week on CBeebies i-player on Sesame tree ( The N. Ireland workshop of Sesame Street) for Mon 6th December - I'm on at 08:00 mins into the show!

Posted on December 7, 2010 at 10:30am

Watching 2cool4schoolers transform

I was working with some P6 and P7 pupils on a storytelling training workshop and it was very interesting to see the difference in attitude between P6 and P7. The 'too cool to get excited by storytelling' atmosphere at the start could have stifled all creativity, but thankfully, didn't put me off. It was a bit difficult getting the audience participation going on the first story, but humour won out! By the time the second story had shocked the class and forced them to laugh at themselves, even… Continue

Posted on November 24, 2010 at 6:37pm — 1 Comment

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At 8:35pm on March 17, 2011, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…

Happy birthday, Raquel!

Doesn't seem like it's been that long since I welcomed you here.  I notice it's been a while since you've posted, but suspect you've been traveling or very busy.  May your storytelling journeys all be happy ones.

At 12:05am on December 25, 2010, Maman Suherman said…
Thanks for visiting me. Let's share our story
At 5:48am on December 18, 2010, Chloe (Midnight Storytellers) said…

Hi Rachel, We have 12 inches of fluffy white and still going strong. No Xmas shopping round here! Sadly I didn't get car snow socks in time, but I don't have formal work until Xmas Eve and Xmas Day so I have reasonable confidence it'll be passable by then. Meanwhile, it's rationing on food and heat (LPG might or might not last...)

Hope you and yours are ok and warm over there. I saw the TV reports, you've not had anything like it for 25+ years. Don't go rallydriving on the coast road and if you find the Bushmills Distillery, maybe stay there?! (I had a fun time getting there, and even more fun at the Tasting. Tale for another day...)

Best wishes, Chloe.

At 1:18pm on December 13, 2010, Chloe (Midnight Storytellers) said…

Congrats on CBeebies appearance.

Snow has temporarily departed from the Cotswolds, although we expect another chilly white blanket later this week. Thinking of buying SnowSocks for my car (easier and cheaper than snowtyres, snowchains etc.)

The 'marmite' performance was a recent showcase to bookers, promoters etc. I did the Legend of Amateratsu + Susanawe, Japanese sun goddess and storm god, which (excuse me!) goes down a storm with audiences. Typically of material from that culture, however, the story is a mix of grand myth, slightly bawdy humour and blood-drenched horror. I gave it full welly on the day, as the audience had seen a LOT of other pieces beforehand... And the feedback forwarded to me ranged from enthusiastic delight to (frankly) destructive negativity. I've been a fulltime storyteller for 10 years, I am always learning, but to be told by a so-called professional that my work has 'no redeeming features' gave me a serious wobble moment! HOWEVER it turned out I was not alone! - most of the other companies performing that day also received wildly mixed responses including sheer unprofessional nastiness. I am also told this is 'normal for theatre, luv'. Well, they can go.. !!!!!!!!! - and the horse they rode in on!

On careful reflection, I actually don't believe the truly dreadful negative comments.The PROBLEM is that for the foreseeable future I'll get no work from all those people in charge of all those venues in my part of UK! Grrrrrrrrr....

And I do wish people would think before they deliver their X Factor-style judgements. If I'd received those comments while I was still clinically depressed (around 2004 or so) that would have been the finish of me.


At 2:55am on September 30, 2010, Clare Muireann Murphy said…
Hello Raquel

thanks for the add. Did you perform recently with Liz? I think I saw your photo on her poster. Your work sounds fabulous. Glad to be in touch.
At 10:09am on August 23, 2010, Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) said…
Welcome Raquel,
There are so many areas to interest you here. I hope you check the many Groups & share your ideas & questions.



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