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
Despite a distinct lack of voice yesterday I had a wonderful time working with #story in a different way. I was at @Action4Bullying all day where we used story to explore the emotional impact of bullying and to raise confidence and self esteem.
We worked with traditional stories with the young people disecting the characters and ultimatly relating their own experiences to the stories. The outcomes were rich and varied. Re-imagined scenes and altered endings plus a Baba Yaga rap, spitting bars with beats behind it.
“The first story was the best (Baba Yaga) there was lots to talk about”
“I’d like to work with more stories”
“It was fun, exciting – I still don’t like acting but it makes you feel good if you have a go”
“The stories were good – they linked to stories we knew but gave us a different perspective”
“It’s been a good opportunity. I was able to express myself. I would like to do more. It was good to end with a making activity”
“I enjoyed it a lot as I love to work with Pyn and I love to do the drama. Thank you ever so much you are the best”
You can find out more about Action4Bullying here
and see some of the amazing films that the young people made with Secret City Arts here
Look forward to working more with these young people.