Hi, I'm MaraHi, I’m Mara of Toto Tales, an Edinburgh based storytelling company, absolutely passionate about sharing the wonderful, rich, varied cultures from across the African continent. We try our utmost to bring African stories to life, sharing these incredible stories all over the world. We tell to little children, big children and to grown ups who still have a little bit of that imaginative, creative child in them.

  • We Create performances, working with gifted musicians, artists and performers to ensure the highest quality works.
  • We Work in education, carefully selecting stories that suit particular themes or when necessary, just go with the flow.
  • We Offer a whole host of workshops that are designed to bring the cultures and stories of Africa to life. These include music, dance, textile design and of course…the ancient and modern art of storytelling.

We have presented 4 successful pieces at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and participated at the Singapore ACE festival. We hope to develop our international presence with an invitation to the Storymoja Hay Book Festival in Nairobi 2012.

Lots of plans for 2012 infact including our very first production aimed at an older audience 8+. The story of Tyi Wara, which will be premiered at the Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace Festival (MESP) in February 2012 at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Very exciting. How To Support The Show

If you want to support me, the show, the theatre company or the arts, this is what you have to do:

  1. Come To Our Shows – Pick a child who is yearning for a bit of “He’s behind you” and desperate to know how the Ostrich got his long neck and DRAG HIM OR HER TO THE SHOW. Guaranteed appreciation!!!!!!
  2. Spread The Word – you can really help other people to learn about us / the show / the art of children’s theatre / cool cafes around the Edinburgh Castle by spreading the word verbally, by phone, by email or by African drums
  3. Circulate The Blog Posts – These little blog pieces are often nuggets of gold ready to amuse, entertain and inform your friends and family.  The more the blog gets read, the more chances people will think of coming to the show. For this, I recommend Email, Twitter, Facebook and all other Social Media
  4. Make a Comment – After each blog post, there is a space for you to make a comment on whether you agreed, disagreed or have any related stories to tell
  5. Sign Up – If you don’t want to miss any posts and would prefer to receive them as soon as I hit ‘Publish’, then ‘Sign Up’ in the wee box at the top right hand corner of the blog, click and put in your email to be sure you don’t miss any posts
  6. Like Me – Well, it sound sad but it’s not as bad as it seems. After every post, there is a wee sign you can click that says ‘Like’. Clicking on it shows me you care and makes me very, very, very happy.

Best of all, do ALL OF THEM.

Just like the art of storytelling and children’s theatre, success is assured if there is loads of interaction with your audience.  The more YOU interact with this blog, the more the blog will take on a veritable soul of its own, ha!

It all helps to let others know about a great multicultural show, run by a talented multicultural cast and crew, based in Edinburgh and forever children-friendly.

Toto Tales brings African stories to life through the arts. We find and create incredible, inspiring, heart warming, tragic, humorous stories from across Africa, and share them with a variety of audiences across the world. We collaborate with various artists and produce high quality works that while simple are far from being simplistic.

Toto Tales Blog

In this blog, we will supply you with buckets of insights, observations and tips on Edinburgh, the Festival, putting on a show and interviews with the team.

If you can think of anything else you would like us to cover, please let us know in the Comments box or by email to tototales@gmail.com.  We’re bound to miss something so you can keep us right.


Twitter: @Tototales
Mobile: 07828 900 502
Email: tototales@gmail.com
Facebook: tototales
Website: http://www.tototales.co.uk
LinkedIn: Mara Menzies

Or just holler! I’d love to hear your thoughts


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