The Show

Story Builders is a unique family show which is returning to the Edinburgh Fringe for its second year running.

It is a family show in two ways:

  1. It is engaging and educational for all the family. 
  2. It has been created by family team The Interactive Storytelling Collective, made up of Hesther Owenhill (sister), Alex Owen-Hill (brother) and James Bryce Hill (dad). Learn all about us on the Who Are We page.

Part interactive workshop, part magical fairytale, Story Builders is exciting, spellbinding and educational. Together, we will create a story built entirely from your ideas. In the process, you will learn the secrets to building a great story. You will go away from the show knowing how to tell better stories to your family and friends.

Here's what past audience members said:


Enjoyed it very much. Never knew there was so much in story telling. A useful way for children and adults to spend an hour and learn some new skills. Really got the creative juices flowing! Well done!

Andy Jack Grandad



Marika a carer


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Sohoe Child

Layla (aged 9)


Definitely one of my favourite shows and a perfect example of why the fringe is such an amazing and magical place. When you watch it you can tell it has been made with love as it is a family show with the father, a daughter and son. The people who created this should be really proud of themselves. You could tell that not only were we enjoying it, but everyone else there was enjoying it too. And not only was the show great, but the people handing out the leaflets and doing the show as well are really kind and friendly to the audience. The final touch was handing out a certificate with the main story building blocks on the back. I will be sure to use these when writing stories at school. Review written by Layla XFrom โ€˜Nigel the Whale and Layla.โ€™

Layla (aged 9)

Absolutely brilliant.


Absolutely brilliant. Our grandsons were so animated building a remarkable story all the way home. A very good story as it happened, I was amazed at what was included. Authors need to learn from Story Builders. Truly. Website very rich.

Ros Robertson

An ingenious interactive show


This is an excellent and ingenious interactive show. The children (and adults) in the show I attended clearly found it easy to contribute ideas and were given every encouragement. The actors are energetic and highly skilled, and display some remarkable feats of memory! Highly recommended!

Richard Beauchamp

A delightful show!


What a delightful show! a beautiful way for children and adults to gently engage in building their own story and then to experience the joy of listening to it being told back to them by a very skilled story teller.

Chris Watkins


It was really good, I would give it 5 stars

Leya Oren-Woods Kid

Good fun and educational for all!


Good fun and educational for all!

Grandmother Janet "The Planet"


Really good! I loved taking part.

Pauline Nolan Robin (6)

Children know the story!


I thought it was very professionally done. Really loved it! I'm a little bit lost for words. It's really good to give children the opportunity to write their own story, and they all want to do that. They know the story.

John Paul Professional Clown


I thought it was great. Inventive, interactive and interesting. Simple but good concept.

Gary Browne Dad

It's a great, interactive family show


Thoroughly enjoyed myself at Story Builders yesterday. It's a great, interactive family show but all us adults had just as good a time as the kids. Highly recommend

Victoria Baskett

It was really interactive!


I just loved the way you guys worked with the kids. That really worked very very well. The kids got into it in a way that it was really interactive for them.

Sara Mother

A delightful wee gem of a show


A delightful wee gem of a show The performers are great with the kids getting them to create a wonderful story. Definitely recommend

Dave Smith


I enjoyed it very much. I like the steps and I am using it now to make my own stories with one of my daughters.

JanPieter Occupation: Still I don't know yet

The Story Builders will be at Drumbrae Library Hub on Saturday the 20th of November at 11am.

This is a Free event to celebrate Book Week Scotland 2021.

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