In 2018 my Mum died and a few weeks later I was commisioned by BrumYODO to perform a 30 minute set of traditional stories for Death Over Dinner as part of their : A Matter of Life and Death Festival for Dying Matters Week
That event was between magic and raw emotion. It was beautiful to be a part of.
It took place 2 months after my Mum had died. In some ways it felt like her last gift to me. The process, the research and the process of creating and working with the stories all intermingled with the grieving process set me off on a path that I am still following.
The event also included the brilliant Joanne Tremarco with an extract from her show: The Birth of Death – see it when you can. I learnt about Crematoriums, ate delicious food and was served drinks bedecked with pommegranate seeds.
The space was a feast of colour and coffins, there was a DJ (funeral director by day) spinning the best in tunes played at funeral services.
I fell in love with my stories and I met all these marvellous woman, behind BrumYODO, many of them work full time in End of Life Care or are funeral professionals.
The experience, the ideas and a deep interest in wanting to use storytelling to open up conversations around death and dying had been found. It kept bubbling away and in the intervening year other ideas and interests began to brew! And Story-Tea was born!