You don’t have to study theatre to become a storyteller. It comes from the home, from the little babies onwards, from around the kitchen table when you’re with your family and you’re happy.
Because it is a part of everyday life, everyone can be or is a storyteller, though there is a lot of work involved in being a good one.
Niall de Burca's biggest aim is to use his stories to reveal to young people that they have a remarkable heritage that they can be proud of and learn from.
Drawing on both his Irish and Kiwi experiences, de Burca fishes many of his stories from a seemingly inexhaustible pool of legends, while others are created anew. To invent a new story, he told Vienna Review, he “takes the local and ordinary that people enjoy, puts it in a pot, stirs it, adds a little bit of exaggeration, and draws it out”