Green Mice, Dueling Doctors, A Postman Post, The Worlds Tallest Woman ! A rich mix of historical tales based on the work of Dr Chris Upton developed as part of Birmingham Hippodrome and Sampad’s Arts Champions Project.
The tales were told in libraries and community centres from Edgbaston to Bartley Green and were accessed by children, families and Older Adults.
The performances were interactive and lasted between 30 minutes to an hour they were followed either by discussion or a peg doll making activity where participants were encouraged to create one of the characters as a momento.
It was such a fun project and there was a fabulous response that I am in the process of developing further stories based on Chris Uptons’ Research to cover the other areas of Birmingham.
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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 email@example.com
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.
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.