Last night Mr Fox had his first outing of the Autumn at The Stagey Fox a wonderful theatrical bookshop in the heart of Leamington Spa.
Mr Fox was first performed back in April at Story Jam but since then he has gone back into the studio. The piece has now been developed with live music provided by the wonderfully talented Ann Jones. It also incorporates mask and has two endings – the audience use masks to choose which one they wish to see. Both times it has been performed the audience has asked to see both the endings. But this time Mr Fox won the original vote!
I enjoy this game with the audience the point when they all place masks on their faces (I plan to take a picture of this at the next performance) it is a wonderful theatrical moment when the lines between performer and speactator blur and merge.
I want to play with this idea more in other stories in different ways and I really want to sit down with fabulous London storyteller Vanessa Wolf who also has a curiosity about audience decision making within a tale so that we can compare experiences.
The audience at The Stagey Fox were very welcoming and have given us some gorgeous feedback!
“So engaging – especially when underscored with music”
“Loved the rhythmic speaking and repetitions”
“The choice the audience makes between Mr Fox and Miss Mary must be such an interesting psychology test for you to observe!”
“Great setting up of the evening; immense clarity and simplicity, great use of pause, silence and the musical underscoring enhances the theatricality perfectly. Versatile and very suitable touring product!”
“Particularly liked the description of the Summer picnic scene with half of Pyn’s face hidden.”
“The Oak story great hors d’oeuvre”
“I’ve only seen 4 or 5 storytelling gig (and they’ve been amazing) but this was by far the best. Music and storytelling performance was perfectly intertwined and I was engaged from start to finish. You two are brilliant!”
“A brilliant, captivating evening of storytelling last night from Pyn Stockman and musician Ann Jones. We hope to welcome them back in the new year.”
Mr Fox’s Blue Bottle and Other Stories will be performed again on:
23rd November @ Waterstones Book Shop, Central Birmingham
24th November @ Thimble Mill Library, Sandwell
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. 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. The Storytelling version is currently available for booking and is suitable for years 4 -6. please contact me email@example.com