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Montgomeryshire Folktales

How to work with local folktales. With ideas for half day, whole day or longer projects. There are downloadable Welsh and English language versions of the stories used and lots of videos to watch.

Week Twelve: Taking The Stage

Taking the Stage; using the stage to help your audience visualize the story, and a recap of the basic skills of storytelling.

Week Eleven: Gestures

Gestures; experiment with movement to help convey the story.

Week Ten: Engaging The Audience

Engaging the Audience; how to involve your audience and let it help you shape the tale.

Week Nine: Timing

Timing; the role of timing in storytelling, with group exercises to experiment with its impact.

Week Eight: Structure

Composition; the function of description, narrative and speech in composing a story, introducing ‘firework’ moments and a pictorial way to show the developing patterns.

Week Seven: Structure

Structure; stories have different ‘shapes’ (circular, there-and-back, nested, envelope, linear), group exercises to help identify these and use the shape so you tell the tale your own way.

Ellesmere Poems by Fred D’Aguiar

Award winning poet Fred D’Aguiar’s poems inspired by folk stories of Ellesmere in North Shropshire.

Week Six: Characterization

Characterization; Whole and small group exercises to develop your characters and help your listeners distinguish between them.

Week Five: Repetition & Sequences

Repetition and Sequences; why these are an important part of oral storytelling, and opportunities to practice creating phrases help your audience listen and understand.

Week Four: Speech

Speech; group exercises to develop conversations between characters to add interest to your stories.

Week Three: Sensations

Sensations; sound, taste, emotion, sight, smell and touch. Group exercises to get all those descriptive phrases into your storytelling.

Week Two: Relocation

Relocation; reset a story in a familiar place, then turn victim into villian. Play games to generate scary words.

The Book Of Myddle

A poetic response to Richard Gough’s 1702 book of ‘Antiquities and Memories of the Parish of Myddle’ (the original soap opera).

A Shropshire Lad Singalong

Try some karaoke to song settings of Bredon Hill, the poem by A E Housman from “A Shropshire Lad”. The three pieces of music below are by famous British composers, choose one and sing along if you can.

Week One: The Fundamentals

The Fundamentals; curating the space for your group to work in, and a visualisation exercise making a story out of a simple song.

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