Storytelling For Beginners

Storytelling is an entertainment, a shared experience and a spur to the imagination. Through myths, folktales, epics and fairy tales we find a means to a deeper understanding of each other and ourselves. This course will be taught through practical, on-your-feet and participative workshops...

Taught by: Nell Phoenix.

Description

Storytelling is an entertainment, a shared experience and a spur to the imagination. Through myths, folktales, epics and fairy tales we find a means to a deeper understanding of each other and ourselves. This course will be taught through practical, on-your-feet and participative workshops. The work and progress of the students will be encouraged by tutor's feedback and direction, controlled group-feedback and by audience reaction! You will be required to work on a variety of exercises as a whole group, in small groups, in partners and individually.

Who should take this course?

This course is for anyone with a love of stories and an interest in understanding and developing the skills needed to tell traditional tales.

Topics covered

The course will cover the storyteller's foundation skills-set: selecting repertoire (folk, fairy and fable), crafting stories and storytelling performance techniques.

The techniques will be taught and played with through improvisational games and practical exercises with occasional pen-on-paper activities.

You will be encouraged to practice your storytelling (describing images or telling whole short stories) outside of the classroom, to any one who will listen (family, friends and neighbours).

There will also be the opportunity to tell at StoryNight at Torriano in Kentish Town (monthly adult storytelling club run by Nell Phoenix) for any student who wishes to take the opportunity.

The students will also be encouraged to go to some of the many storytelling events in London. A recommended list will be provided. All activities outside the classroom recommended but totally optional and not a pre-requisite for participating in the course.

Entry requirements

  • Students need to be comfortable with spoken and written English.
  • No prior experience of storytelling or performance is required.

Level: Beginners

Tutor information

Nell has been performing professionally since graduating from Goldsmiths College. She works as a full-time storyteller and is a passionate promoter of storytelling as a contemporary performance art.  Nell is Artistic Director of StoryNight at Torriano, one of London’s thriving performance storytelling clubs for adults. She tells stories and leads storytelling workshops in primary and secondary schools, galleries, museums, theatres, festivals, and on a monthly radio show, NTS Live.  She also creates stories and advises on storylines for charities and corporate companies; recent commissions incl. 40 Winks, WWF, Arts for Human Rights, Radley Handbags and Selfridges.  Last year, Nell was proud to be chosen as one of two judges at the national competition Young Storyteller of the Year in Birmingham. This year she was chosen to be the mentor to the winners of the competition. She was also invited to run workshops at the Society for Storytelling’s Annual Gathering in 2011. Previously, Nell worked as a theatre actress and deviser, performing in UK and internationally touring shows with companies including Trestle, Oxfordshire Touring, Orchard Theatre, Age Exchange and Strip Search Theatre. She has performed in theatres around the world - from the Blackpool Grand to the Sydney Opera House, and all over Eastern and Western Europe in between. www.nellphoenix.co.uk

Materials

Please bring to the first session:   

  • A pen and paper if you wish to make workshop notes    
  • All other materials will be provided



Details for booking

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