Just over a year ago the first Cinderella a day performances and workshops began ! And today the resulting exhibition of over 200 peg doll Cinderella’s and other fairy tale characters comes home to the place where it all started. Hall Green Library.
This is the story of the project:
Once upon a time there were two storytellers Pyn Stockman and Sharon Carr who met and told stories under the banner of Tree- Mendous Tales to children and families at Hall Green Library. Pyn and Sharon were both fascinated by the Cinderella cycle of tales. The way they existed in so many cultures, the way they delighted audiences and the fact that they didn’t always end with the girl marrying the prince.
Imagine their delight when they discovered that Cinderella was coming to Mac at Christmas! Imagine their excitement when they discovered that mac and artworks were looking for community projects that linked to the mac programme!
Would the fabulous people of Hall Green be interested in the Cinderella Cycle of stories? They asked the question and were blown away by the response.
The project became known as “A Cinderella A Day”
between November 2015 and February 2016 families came along to Hall Green Library (and mac birmingham) to listen and take part in the stories. Each story session was followed by a craft activity: Pegs and wool, fabric and glue, ribbon, beads and felt tip pens: a magical mix to make peg dolls inspired by the stories that were told.
And if that wasn’t enough we all got to go to the mac Cinderella Show! What a treat! Another version, another telling this time through theatre!
The project concluded with a showcase of all the creative work at MAC to launch the exhibition. It was a wonderful, lively and engaging evening with a film by Balsall Heath CATS,
Rachel Green and Jane Thakoordin “Little Bits of Lovely”
performance and exhibition, Ashiana
taking us through a wedding ceremony and offering henna painting.
The exhibition opened in February 2016 and was so popular with the public that it ran until September 2016 when finally all the art work was returned to the people who had worked to create them. The peg dolls will now be on exhibition at Hall Green Library before finally finding their way back to their creators.
All photographic documentation by the wonderfully talented Harpreet Kaur
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.
If you would like to book a Heritage Storytelling Session please get in touch 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.