About Tidal Tales

We make exciting theatre for young people and their families.  

We use our disciplines of design, music & theatre to make striking folk-theatre that finds cultural connections through world stories and songs.  Through a blend of modern and traditional forms, we explore the commonality of all people, our interwoven history & our reliance on the health of the planet.

Kesty Morrison

Kesty is our playwright, performer and musical contributor. 

She has been making and touring theatre and music internationally for 20 years. Some memorable moments include playing Pegasus for The Royal Shakespeare Company, touring Twelfth Night in India (and having a cow stage invade!) and being a circus fire-fly in The Arcadia Spectacular at Glastonbury Festival.

Over the years she has performed for  The Young Vic (London), The Globe (Neuss), The Barbican (London),  The Traverse (Edinburgh),  The Gate Theatre (London), Summerhall (Edinburgh), The Wireless Theatre Company, Sky Arts, Sky TV, the BBC and TTC TV. 

Her play Demented was shortlisted for Theatre West’s Zooming Ahead initiative and she recently created online theatre piece Song Maps and Story Lines for Wassail Theatre Company.

She is currently writing a novel for young adults with support from Arts Council England.

Miranda Pfunder

Miranda is our designer extraordinaire. 

She has straddled circus, opera, theatre and film.

Some of her favourite moments include costuming on Captain America, Justice League, Les Misérables, Star Wars: Episode VII, and Rogue One. Working at the National Theatre, for The Royal Albert Hall Education Department, Talawa Theatre Company, along with creating flags & décor for Glastonbury Kidz field, and interning at Vivienne Westwood have also been highlights!

She now wants to make outstanding and engaging theatre for children of her sons’ age group, to continue to grow and educate alongside his development.

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Katie Riddle

Katie Riddle is our musical director, performer, and artist/maker. She has galloped all over the globe as a professional musician, artist and facilitator.

Some of her favourite moments include playing Cambridge Folk Festival, Woodford Festival (Australia), Auckland Folk Festival (NZ), Shambala and Boomtown (UK), working with Little Carrot Productions in Australia and facilitating art workshops with indigenous communities with This Little Lights/Big Country Puppets, and working as an artist for activist groups Greenpeace, Liberate Tate and The Syria Campaign. 


Corey is our musical collaborator, sound designer and performer.

Bristol based/Trinidad born musician Coreysan has been a musician and producer for over 35 years. He tours internationally as a solo musician and as a bassist and vocalist with Trini legend Calypso Rose.

His recent gigs include Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Womex Festival (Spain), Lincoln Center (New York, USA), Womad Festival (UK, Australia and New Zealand), Timitar and Mawazine Festivals (Morocco), Paleo Festival (Switzerland), Sakifo Musik Festival (Reunion Island) and Musique a Manosque
Festival (France) just to name a few.

M Blaydes

M Blaydes is our producer.

Some of her favourite moments include producing for The Bristol Improv Theatre, producing creative outreach events for Imayla and facilitating for Play:Disrupt, (particularly playing at Raban Games in Poland). She has devised and performed music and theatre with Many Minds, assisted Kate Pasco directing Tobacco Factory Theatre’s Get Involved 13:19 company, captured photos, videos and interviews for IBT Wildness and gathered BPOC community questions ahead of Bristol’s May 2021 mayoral election for The Voice and Influence Partnership. She sits on the board of trustees for Many Minds. M loves working with people, and brings a touch of Zen to her work at Tidal Tales.

Our wonderful Advisory Board

Aisha Ali Aisha is a Non Binary, Queer, South Asian vocal artist, improviser, composer, inclusion and cultural producer, workshop facilitator and artistic director of Kiota: A Collective of BPOC (Black and People Of Colour) creatives in Bristol.

Alice Henley  – Alice Henley is a television Producer who makes documentaries for channels around the world including BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic and PBS Frontline.

Jean Johnstone – Jean is a lecturer in Arts and Cultural Policy at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. She specialises in Cultural Policy, education and workforce development issues, international comparative cultural policy and cultural economics. 

Man Cheung – An Australian born in Hong Kong with over 20 years of experience teaching Drama and English, over 10 years experience in education management. He is a Bachelor of Education (Drama) of the Queensland University of Technology and Master of Language Arts from the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong.

Rebecca Newsom – Rebecca is Head of Politics at Greenpeace. She is responsible for developing Greenpeace’s links with relevant political contacts, including special advisers, senior politicians and civil servants, and representing Greenpeace externally with political audiences. 

Susana Oguntoye – Susana is a global health executive with almost 2 decades of international development work across Africa, Europe, and the US in public health program design and implementation. Focused on high-quality and sustainable evidence-based solutions for equity in health and to reduce health disparities.