Share a Story - Change the World
The BBC recently ran a program called "Imagine: Art Is Child's Play" for those that didn't see it put simply they referred to the importance of the spirit of child's play in art - looking at people like Tracy Emin.
The reason this struck a chord with me is because I had just returned from a week long storytelling course at Marley Bank (Ben Haggerty's School of Performance Storytelling) which was totally devoted to the theme of exploration and play.
Apocalypse the course was called and we used the idea that if the end of the world was coming - have we explored all ways to tell stories?
We told in character, with mask, props, costumes, music, objects, pictures, hats! We simply explored and it gave me a new experience - something I hadn't yet discovered about storytelling and was delighted to find - the sense of Play!
Until now I could be accused of taking learning the art of storytelling a little too seriously (we all know there is a great power in story that should be respected) I've been desperately trying to improve and learn and grow as a teller, and I've been hitting the wall of my own ego.
Through play I found a wonderful way to grow and enoy at the same time.
So I plan to keep playing - and I urge you to do the same.
But how? What other ways are there to play with story? With performance? What else is there to explore? What is out there that we can add to our toolboxes? What can stretch us and help us and improve our stories?
These are the questions I'll be pondering over the next few months... Any ideas I'd love to hear them.