The Three Pillars Storytelling Workshop

“The Three Pillars of Storytelling” led by Nick Hennessey

4th – 8th August 2022

Start 5pm 4th August Welcome meal and evening gathering.

5th August Body work 

6th August Language 

7th August Story

8th August Play day, finish 3pm 

This workshop is for storytellers who already have experience of performing traditional stories to public audiences. It is essential that each participant has a basic repertoire of stories, ideally a variety of folk tale, wonder tale and myth, as this is what we will draw from for the week’s activities.

The first day will be spent working with physicality, exploring the ways the body moves, what its potential is, from full capacity to the smallest gesture, investigating what is appropriate for different contexts and styes. It will be a very active day, so be prepared to move. Wear clothing that does not hinder movement.

The second day will be focused on language and the voice, aiming to broaden our vocabulary through explorations in alliteration, rhythm, and then straying briefly into song. We will take a trip out into the fells, immersing ourselves in big places, listening to and watching the forces that shape them, from wind, to water and stone, finding ways to bring them into our voice and words. Bring walking boots and wet weather gear (it’s the Lake District after all!)

The third day will be spent looking at different kinds of story and their structures, learning how to find the pulse and pivot points. Drawing on the previous two days work, we will apply a new understanding to the way a teller must adapt the style to meet the story and the audience.

The fourth day will be a chance to put into practice everything we’ve explored, finding how the three pillars underpin service of the story. We will be working on stories from existing repertoire to take skills away.

We will provide lunch and supper in the hall, and once confirmed we will send a list of nearby accommodation from budget-friendly local hosts to B&Bs. You will be responsible for finding your own accommodation. We can provide a pick-up and drop off to Oxenholme station (mainline West Coast) also to and from your local accommodation each day, if required.

Other than a trip into the Lakeland Fells, all work will take place at Brigsteer Village Hall ( home to Stealing Thunder Storynights (

Price £310 including lunch and supper each day, but excluding accommodation.