War horse sleepover Birmingham Hippodrome

War horse sleepover Birmingham Hippodrome

On 25th October The Patrick Centre at Birmingham Hippodrome was transformed into a trench where families were invited to spend the night and take part in WW1 inspired activities including trench art, poppy making, songs from WW1 and compositions led by Ann Jones. As the storyteller I created several story based participatory sessions and performed a short piece based on the diary of a Birmingham Soldier. We were visited by the cast of war horse and as people went off for their backstage tour I invited people to write and make a horses head as a memento of the evening. ‘The Soldiers Tale’ and ‘Back in Blighty’ will be available Autumn 2014 as part of my WW1 storytelling package suitable for ages 8 +. It will draw on the research and workshops developed for Birmingham Hippodrome. Please email me for further details pynstockman@gmail.com

Wild goose storytelling festival

Wild goose storytelling festival

 

A new festival based at Wild goose rural training centre which provides opportunities for people with additional needs. The festival was curated by Iain Craigan of Puppet Tree 

There was a small selection of great storytellers : Nicola Grove & Suzy DJ from Open Storytellers, Barnaby Hiles, Barry Walmsley and  Iain Craigan. I was delighted to be amongst them

Stories were told in tiny tents and polly tunnels by Lilly pads and Bedouin pads. A glorious summery sunny day of telling:

10 minute tales

45 minute performance story telling show . Where I gave Roots and Seeds it’s first public outing since it underwent development as part of a Secret City project funded by BCC Next Generation.

A story walk inspired by the grounds.

An elemental story slam

The feedback for this new and fledgling festival was wholly positive with the main suggestion being that it went on longer ! I guess we will have to wait for another year.

 

Our City Our Past – CBSO Heritage Storytelling.

Our City Our Past – CBSO Heritage Storytelling.

This project went beyond the reaches of my storytelling work to incorporate sessions in banner making, mask making and mask performance. The role my storytelling work took in this project was with Merrits Brook Schools exploration of metal work and it’s role and meaning in Birminghams history.

 

It began with an imagined story based on historical information created by writer and  co-artistic director of secret city arts. We took the story and reworked as an interactive storytelling performance which captured the imaginations of the children (mostly boys). This was followed by a series of developmental sessions. The resulting piece also incorporated a very physical retelling with the story being sung. The music and words to the chant were developed by Jackie Tyler (CBSO) and Mandy Ross with the arrangement by Jeremy Clay.

 

The Windrush Story

The Windrush Story

Working with 30 year 6 students to interpret and create a performance built on oral history and factual information to tell the story of the passengers who traveled from the West Indies to England in 1948 For a Black History event at rookery primary school.

The project was part of my curriculum enhancement work at Rookery School where I have been a resident artist since 2005. My work here often begins with a story.

The Windrush story is available as a Make in a Day for Black History Month or as a link to the History curriculum.

 

Midsummer Nights Dream with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Midsummer Nights Dream with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

This project began with an hour long performance storytelling version of Midsummer Nights Dream in each of the partner schools. It was highly interactive and incorporated specially designed headresses and masks. Puck The project will culminate in a pre concert showcase at Symphony Hall in June 2014. It is part of Secret Cities ongoing collaboration with CBSO and the culmination of a three year musical leadership project. The children and young people will retell the story through song (developed by Mandy Ross) through music and composition (developed by Geremy Clay, Jackie Tyler and Helen Edgar). I will work in depth with two schools to create. : a mini opera alongside Jackie Tyler and masks and processional work to represent elements of the story and Puck. Midsummer ND Merritts Brook Bottom The Storytelling version is currently available for booking and is suitable for years 4 -6. please contact me pynstockman@gmail.com