Monthly Archives: February 2015

Gini’s blog – Our Tales: second workshop Storytelling with Liz Porter

‘The best way to learn is when you are enjoying what you are doing so much you don’t notice how time flies.’ Einstein said that, and I’m utterly happy to repeat it after our second storytelling workshop with Liz Porter. Where did the day go?

The number of participants had grown since week one, but Liz was able to include and integrate them into the group without neglecting the development of those storytellers expecting more.

And Liz is one of those rare gifted people who really do relate to where you are in your practice and has that inner clarity of vision to encourage you to grow and to challenge yourself.

The morning passed with examples of Liz’s brilliant storytelling and games that stretched our imaginations as we got to know each other and our individual talents.

Lunch, brought up from Salisbury Arts Centre Cafe, refreshed us all while we laughed and chatted our way through the break.

In the afternoon session we were given the opportunity for positively challenging and encouraging each other as we practiced our evolving skills – a process that helped us remember and assimilate what we were learning. It was also a great confidence booster.

We have homework for our final session next Saturday; I believe we are all excited by our individual challenges and very much looking forward to it.

 

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Gini’s Blog – Our Tales: first performance and workshop

Our performance evening (6th February) was somewhat different to our plans and expectations. Dramatically, Penny Pepper was taken ill after her get-in on Friday. She was admitted to hospital and consequently unable to be part of the evening performance, or the Saturday workshop. I understand she is now home and wish her a speedy recovery.

The event went ahead with the presenter, Colin Hambrook, Penny’s producer Bethany and her cellist Jo, pulling together to give us a flavour of ‘Lost in Spaces’ – the performance we were missing. In spite of our worries about Penny the evening went ok and was well received by our audience. I am full of gratitude and admiration for the way the situation was managed – for Colin, Bethany and Jo’s spontaneous input.

 

After her great performance on Friday, Liz Porter took the Saturday workshop on her own and it was excellent. With a skilful blend of examples, games and story-telling practice, our time just flew by. The sense of energy and enthusiasm grew as we worked our way through the morning – learning, laughing, sharing and listening to Liz’s stories and her wonderful singing voice.

We came away with homework and the intriguing promise of more new ways to work with our creativity in the next Saturday workshop.

Rounding off the session with lunch, homemade soup in the Arts Centre Cafe, we were all in very good humour and full of admiration for Liz’s talent and professional skills.

And all looking forward to our session next Saturday 14th February.

Do come and join us at Salisbury Arts Centre from 11.00 to 16.00.

 

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Friday evening looms ever closer. The excitement and fear are building. The evening performance with Liz Porter and Penny Pepper will herald the start of a series of workshops aimed at empowering people to share their own stories.

When the idea was still new, I offered to share a story that is mine, but not just mine. There was some initial confusion as I usually read or perform poetry, but this was a prose piece.

I write both, with a lot of enthusiasm. I write essays that make some small attempt to set the world to rights. The world, that is, as it appears to me; the world I’m trying to make some sense of.

‘Vinterblik’ is about dying, it’s about the last story, the one you don’t actually get to tell for yourself; the one that continues to exist as part of someone else’s story.

It’s about that thing that will happen to us all; the unspoken, perhaps unacknowledged, fact that each one of us will confront in our own uniquely individual way.

It is a quiet look at the process of dying, written in a time when our society is obsessed with legislation; with corralling everything about life and death into the neat and orderly confines of the law. It will be a difficult tale to share; hence the build up of fear.

Liz and Penny will be leading the weekend workshops that follow on from the performance evening. I’ve never seen either of them in action, but even at this distance, I feel the life and energy that marks each unique one-woman performance radiating from their publicity material and reviews; hence the excitement.

Come and see us, or come to the workshops. Better still, do both.

We all have stories to tell; each and every one of us sees the world through a unique set of circumstances that influence our journey and our perception of who we are.

Each person is a unique version of a human being, together we make up humanity.