We get to be presenters, actors, musicians (if your name is John Dougherty)
and in doing so, we expand and spread the concept of story through the spoken word, or the read word, through music and song, through puppets, or working with shadow and light to create the magic – so that story becomes an alive experience that is even more powerful in a group.
Writers, musicians, puppeteers, film makers – we are all storytellers. As Mike Leigh, Director of Mr Turner put it in The Times this week: ‘we enter a conspiracy to say we are bringing something to life.’
And how do stories come to life? We imbue them with a certain magical power. Before the first word is spoken the audience is ready to be entranced. Frank Cottrell Boyce refers to that silent and humbling moment when everyone sits still and waits for the story to begin. Expressions on the faces of children from an informal camp near Cape Town at the start of a storytelling session, tell it all.
|pic from Lucie Bright's blog & review of STORYSTOCK|
|A 'stare' of giraffes at Cheltenham|
|A spot on (strip on?) zebra T-shirt (& yes I do always wear same shirt) at IOW Fest|
Take your stories back to their origins. Tell them in the way our forefathers told story. And even if you don't have the starry skies and the flicker of firelight on cave walls to support the magic (or the expertise of master puppet-makers!) you will be entering the conspiracy and bringing something to life.
Zeraffa Giraffa, illustrated by Jane Ray and published by Frances Lincoln was recently chosen for The Sunday Times Top 100 Children's Classics of the past 10 Years.
The Magic Bojabi Tree illustrated by Piet Grobler and published by Frances Lincoln, will be performed to specially composed music, by the 65 piece Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra in Worcester on 8th Nov.