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There are so many ways to share a story and each teller willhave his own favourites that draw on his or her strengths and interests.
Ways of Telling
Telling a story
I love involving my audience to join in the telling : chorusing, predicting, doing actions, and in this case becoming links in the unfolding chain of the story of the Balinese Gecko.
offers you so many options
Sometimes they are characters in the story, sometimes they narrate a story from their point of view - and sometimes they try to tell a story (but not very successfully .Fortunately audiences love to help them out, correcting mistakes and supplying details!)
to bring it to life
I use this toy plane to introduce the story of MILDRED BRUCE, the first woman to fly around the world. For kids reared on 747s, it gives a sense of scale and adventure - the cockpit was open, she had no radio - and no parachute! I spotted it during my visit to Bahrain for the Arts Festival.
the traditional Japanese way of telling with 12-16 cards per story.
appear in a couple of stories for older audiences, and allow me to transform into a number of different characters
A drawing arouses interest and audiences wonder what it is you’re drawing. Here a beautiful mummy gets a panda’s eyes, an elephant’s nose and a rabbit’s ears
is a highly visual and,physical form of communication. Signs are often mimetic and so easy to understand - especially when used in a repeated refrain.
Simple tricks add an element of surprise and can provide a punchy opening or ‘wow’ close to a story.
A magician’s patter is often a story!
clarify and grab attention
Given its orgins, I use the tangram principally for Chinese tales (or as a device to generate ideas - see the worksheet)
so it’s not just using your voice!
I like folksongs and ballads, and I occasionally open with a song sung a capella (sure way to grab attention!)
People sing when they’re happy, sad, nervous,bored - plenty of reasons to introduce a verse - espeecially if there’s a refrain the audience can join in on, every time it comes around.
we tell ourselves
are just as important as the stories
we tell other people.