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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