Sun, 13 Sept | Martin Heath Hall

WORKSHOP: Telling Myth with Michael Harvey (CONFIRMED)

Myths have the extraordinary capacity to leave a lasting imprint on both the audience and the teller; the scale can be grand and they deal with the driving forces of the world and of ourselves.
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WORKSHOP: Telling Myth with Michael Harvey (CONFIRMED)

Time & Location

13 Sept 2020, 11:15 – 16:30
Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Ln, Lichfield WS13 8AY, UK

About the event

Myths have the extraordinary capacity to leave a lasting imprint on both the audience and the teller; the scale can be grand and they deal with the driving forces of the world and of ourselves.    The workshop will help you to inhabit, and compellingly tell, these strange, extraordinary and huge stories.   

You will learn techniques to help you work on the material and begin to master processes and skills which have the potential to ENRICH THE TELLING OF ANY STORY.  

In this workshop we will look at:  > naming and summoning - mythical names bring the presence of   those named into the listening space.  > deep listening - bringing the audience deeply into the material  > negotiating structure - these stories are big and not always linear and we will look at how to tease out plot lines  > ritual - mythic space is ritual space and we will look at ways of bringing ritual meaningfully into your telling  > parallel materials - using the writing, songs, music and visual art that surround these stories  > varying registers - we want to remain responsive and alive while telling  

The workshop draws on Michael's research and performance of mythic material, principally from the Welsh traditions of the Mabinogion as well as directing other performers working on similar material from other cultures.   

This workshop is suitable for storytellers who have told a few stories, those wishing to improve as well as those with wide experience of telling. Unfortunately, it is not for absolute beginners.  

PLEASE NOTE  Attendees will need to bring some mythic material to work on. You won't need to know it sufficiently to be able to tell but be familiar enough to play around with bits of it in a workshop. Any mythic material which is Homeric, Mabinogi, Inanna, Norse, or pretty much anything with gods in will do the trick!  

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