workshops 2020

Following on from the success of the courses in 2019, this year Nick will be running three workshops giving storytellers at all levels of experience a closely guided opportunity to explore, reflect and develop skills to make a leap forward.
10th – 12th July 2020
“Two Boats, One River”
13th – 17th August 2020         
 “Open Mouth, Story Jump Out”: Beginners
20th – 24th August 2020
“The Three Pillars of Storytelling”

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All courses will be held in Brigsteer Village Hall, in the beautiful Lake District National Park. A list of local accommodation will be  available to ensure participants find what they need. Lunch and supper will be provided for each day.

 “Two Boats, One River”

10th -12th July

Using song, music, rhythm and speech to tell a story.

The spoken word is inherently musical and stories are inherently rhythmic, but how can we draw out those natural qualities to bring more to our stories? Not for complete beginners, this is aimed at artists with some experience. We will look at the characteristics of song, musical accompaniment, rhythm and cadence as tools to serve the story, moving between song and speech as we go. No musical skills are required as we will work only with what we have.

Cost £180

“Open Mouth, Story Jump Out!’  Storytelling for Beginners

13th – 17th August

Ever wondered what it would be like to tell a traditional story? Ever wished you had a story to tell? Then this workshop is for you, a complete beginner’s introduction to storytelling.Over four days we will explore our inherent skills at spinning a yarn. Drawing on traditional sources, both literate and oral, we will look at different forms of stories, folktale, legend, wonder tale and epic myth, focusing on story structure, language and voice projection, helping you take your first step or next step in telling a story to an audience. On at least one day we will venture out into the beautiful Lake District fells to share stories in natural settings.

It takes courage to invite the listeners’ attention, and it takes skill to hold it. With care and support, Nick will lead you towards learning how to honour the listener and the story in equal measure.

Cost: £260

The Three Pillars of Storytelling

20th -24th August

The workshop is for storytellers who already have experience of performing traditional stories to public audiences, and depends on each participant having a basic repertoire of stories, ideally a variety of folk tale, wonder tale and myth.

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 styles.

The second day will be focused on language and the voice, broadening vocabulary through explorations in alliteration, rhythm, and looking briefly at song.

The third day will be spent looking at different kinds of story and their structures, learning how to find the pulse and pivot points.

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.

With the Lakeland Fells on our doorstep we will take one day to venture out amongst the mountains and becks, finding the elemental forces in our bodies, words and stories.

Cost: £295