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Storytelling offers the audience and the teller the opportunity to share some unique rewards. This makes it an energising and rewarding activity for me - and I hope for my audiences too!
My Top 10 reasons
We sometimes forget
what a powerful gift that is.
I am sure that, at the dawn
of civilization, when hunters went out to kill a mammoth on which their clan would have to live for the next six months, some man, not necessarily one of the shrewdest when it came to tracking the beast or the bravest when the animal was cornered, returned at night to sit by the campfire and relate
the incidents of that day.
He told of the bird that guided his hunt; he told of the heroic resolution of the prey, noble and defensive with skills not encountered before;
he identified the men who led the assault and the one on whom all depended when it seemed the mammoth would escape;
and this fireside narrator lent that day a glory that it could never otherwise have gained.”
The World is my Home
TO TELL A STORY!
What’s so special
The teller looks into the eyes of the audience and makes a connection. This is totally unlike theatre, where actors spend most of the time pretending the audience is not there!
about telling a story
a delicate combination of improvisation and polished performance, oral dexterity and visual communication.
It allows me to tailor each telling of a tale to the specific audience and the moment – both in my choice of story and the way that I tell it.
in your very own words
Every performance enables me to draw on what I’ve loved doing in the various phases of my life :
so as to grab your audience
The stories I tell are stories that speak to me – they make me laugh, or touch me in some way.
(1st Rule of Storytelling: tell stories that you enjoy telling - stories that mean something to you!)
Most of the stories I tell are traditional folktales and many of them embody a wisdom that
has ensured their survival for many generations. They are truly timeless tales.
People listen to stories and remember them.
For this reason, stories are powerful teachers, because they have a stickiness which keeps them in people’s hearts long after they first heard them.
Storytelling is a terrific tool in the language classroom.
Apart from modelling the expressive use of language, the repetition and redundancy are really helpful in developing understanding.
Refrains that occur again and again, or which grow longer and longer as the story unfolds, lend the story a degree of predictability that enables language learners to join in with growing confidence.
There are many opportunities for participation in a storytelling event that it really becomes a sharing.
It’s why storytellers everywhere believe that to have a successful storytelling session we need three things:
by their imagination
When I’m in storytelling mode, I feel I’m a better person – the best that I am as a human being.
It’s a wonderful feeling and I’m glad to be alive and able to share.
so they can live the story too?
The act of participation – even at its most basic level, of listening attentively and imaginatively – plus the spontaneous inter-action between teller and audience makes oral telling so compelling for me.
As an oral storyteller, I mostly tell stories that are fictional, metaphorical, universal, and which have fascinated audiences for many generations. As a result, many of my stories hold even the very young captive for 10 minutes and more!