A Creativity Challenge to make a Story Mat to accompany the retelling of the Rainforest story “Bufeo Colorado”, the shapeshifting pink river dolphin.
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.
Taking the Stage; using the stage to help your audience visualize the story, and a recap of the basic skills of storytelling.
Gestures; experiment with movement to help convey the story.
Engaging the Audience; how to involve your audience and let it help you shape the tale.
Timing; the role of timing in storytelling, with group exercises to experiment with its impact.
Composition; the function of description, narrative and speech in composing a story, introducing ‘firework’ moments and a pictorial way to show the developing patterns.
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.
Award winning poet Fred D’Aguiar’s poems inspired by folk stories of Ellesmere in North Shropshire.
Characterization; Whole and small group exercises to develop your characters and help your listeners distinguish between them.
Repetition and Sequences; why these are an important part of oral storytelling, and opportunities to practice creating phrases help your audience listen and understand.
Speech; group exercises to develop conversations between characters to add interest to your stories.
Sensations; sound, taste, emotion, sight, smell and touch. Group exercises to get all those descriptive phrases into your storytelling.
Relocation; reset a story in a familiar place, then turn victim into villian. Play games to generate scary words.
A poetic response to Richard Gough’s 1702 book of ‘Antiquities and Memories of the Parish of Myddle’ (the original soap opera).
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.
The Fundamentals; curating the space for your group to work in, and a visualisation exercise making a story out of a simple song.