Vergine Gulbenkian began performing traditional tales in 1991. She was interested in performance and studied drama. She was drawn to traditional tales as a direct and essential form of communication.
Her interest led her to research the rich Armenian oral tradition- co-producing a documentary video about the ashugh (epic singer) tradition in Armenia, and writing an M.Phil thesis at Oxford University about storytelling amongst Armenians in differing contexts.
The shows she creates are based on traditional tales and epics and she performs them in venues that have included the South Bank centre, the Battersea Arts Centre, the British Museum, the Barbican Pit and the Soho Theatre.
Vergine was ‘Storyteller in Residence’ for a project called Storytelling across cultures, bringing traditional tales to schools and community centres in Oxfordshire. She works with the Story Museum and with Education Staff at the University Museums in Oxford performing stories around exhibitions, often combining science and story. She performs regularly at international storytelling festivals and works in schools, sharing the joy of telling and listening to stories with pupils and teachers.