Story Telling

19 & 20 November 2016 / £95 / PERFORMING /  CREATING

‘A really great two days. Gently challenging, thought provoking and inspiring. Darren’s wonderful enthusiasm, knowledge, experience and support made this a great course. Thank you’

Puppets and storytelling have long gone together. They can powerfully enrich each other – but there are some pitfalls to avoid, too.

Spend a weekend with us exploring this rich territory and developing your own storytelling with puppets. The course will look specifically at the ways puppets and storytelling interact – the ways using puppets can animate stories, and expand, complement, or even challenge their content and rhythms. We’ll play with who tells the story, and to whom; and how we can discover and change the meaning of stories in performance. We’ll investigate practical performance techniques and options for combining the two forms for the solo performer, and also look at using puppets to develop and adapt stories, and ways puppetry can inform your story writing.

The weekend will be highly practical, incorporating puppetry techniques, writing and performance skills.

Darren and Beccy run TouchedTheatre and have created three critically acclaimed touring storytelling shows in diverse formats – Me & the Sea (for children aged 6+); Blue (site specific and for adults); and The Crow Who Fell in Love with the Moon (for children aged 4+). Through their work running regular puppetry cabaret evening Punched they have created and helped to direct and edit a multitude of puppetry stories. Beccy is a trained dramaturg and has worked with a host of theatre and performance writers around the UK on developing their stories. Darren is an award-winning puppetry director who has worked with a range of theatre and opera companies on successful employing puppetry in their work.

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