Workshop for women storytellers with Sally Pomme Clayton

Event Date April 21, 2018 10 a.m. – April 22, 2018

Location – Atrium, CF24 2JU

We’re delighted to be partnering with ‘Chwedl’, the new storytelling network for women in Wales, to host a two-day intensive workshop created specifically for women storytellers in Wales by Sally Pomme Clayton.

This Chwedl event is a chance to gather together, advance skills and raise some money for the Esyllt Harker Bursary.

The course will be held at the Atrium, Cardiff, on April 21 and 22, between 10pm – 4.30pm each day. The total cost is £100.00 and we have a maximum of 16 places. The course will be run through the medium of English. A non-refundable deposit of £50.00 will secure a space. The balance of payment will be due at the beginning of March. Please contact Fiona Collins on fionastory3@gmail.com to book your place.

More details…

This workshop is for women storytellers with some experience. The workshop is a unique opportunity to work with Sally Pomme who has been telling stories professionally since 1983. The workshop is for women only and will explore some of the creative processes that Sally Pomme believes are important in making your own version of a story and bringing it to life. The weekend will also give time to share thoughts and engage in discussion about what it means to be a woman storyteller: what are the particular challenges; could specific things be done to help woman storytellers; what are the stories women want to tell….?

Storytellers are asked to bring a story that they would like to work on over the two days. The story should not be one that participants already tell – as the story might be in a fixed telling form and this might hinder exploration. So bring a story you would like to tell, and want to explore and develop. Bring a couple of different versions of the story (from different cultures if you can find them) so that you can make your own version. This workshop is suitable for all women storytellers who want to develop more critical awareness of what they are doing, both in rehearsal and during performance.

Sally Pomme will guide participants through a series of fun, practical, creative, physical, and thoughtful tasks, looking at: story structure; character; dialogue;
the role of narrator; finding the neutral storyteller; the geography of the story;
use of space and gesture; use of voice; images and visualisation. You will work fast, and probably feel that you never finish anything! You might not even get to tell the whole of your story over the weekend! But you will develop it in myriad ways, and explore different performative aspects of it. At the end of the workshop your story will be in a different state, and you will leave inspired to work on it further, and tell it. Sally Pomme brings her own experiences to the workshop of being a woman storyteller, of walking the tightrope between getting out of the way of the story, while being physically and emotionally alive in the performance, so the story can come to life. This is a workshop she has dreamed about for many years and is really thrilled to be able to lead it and grateful to the organizers for making it happen.

About Sally Pomme Clayton

Sally-Pomme Clayton is a pioneering storyteller and writer creating unique and magical performances. She performs stories for everyone from: Soho Theatre to Northern Stage; The London Gypsy Orchestra to The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Royal and Derngate to The Royal Opera House; Athens Storytelling Festival to Beyond the Border Festival; English National Opera to The Edinburgh International Literature Festival; The British Museum to The Bloomsbury Theatre; The Crick Crack Club to A Curious Invitation.

She co-founded The Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Hugh Lupton in 1985, spearheading and transforming storytelling across the UK, developing it as a contemporary art. Because of their work storytelling is now a flourishing art form. She has made many ground-breaking performances, some solo and some in collaboration. Her latest is 'The Frog Princess Punked’ a Russian fairytale with a girl punk band and a crazy collage of live projections.

She is an experienced and inspiring educator and mentor, and has been mentoring Rachel Rose Reid on her latest show 'Silence’ during 2017. She teaches practical and creative workshops in storytelling and creative writing, with: Apples and Snakes; The Prince’s Trust; The Horniman Museum; East 15. She lectured on World oral traditions at Middlesex University (1992 – 2008). And taught at Rose Bruford College (2009 – 2015). She has published more than ten children’s books, her next is 'The King with Dirty feet’ (Otter-Barry Books) coming out in march 2018. Find out more at: www.sallypommeclayton.com.

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