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.