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A storytelling Workshop with Ragnhild Mørch for adults who would like to work with and be inspired by traditional storytelling

The old ancient art of storytelling has existed since the beginning of time and has always been crucial for the development and maintaining of the worlds enumerable cultures. Even now, in our modernised world, storytelling is inseparably linked with our lives: We all tell stories every day; our own and others. Communication is unthinkable without stories to tell.

Folktales, legends and myths from around the world are the basis for this course, but personally experienced events will also be used as work material.

Working method
The workshop is based on interactive exercises and combines the telling and listening to stories. A varied range of storytelling techniques and tools deepen the understanding of the material and help the teller imagine and develop an “inner film” of what is to be told. We look at different styles of telling and explore the use of language, body and rhythm.

Outcome / achievement
Through the course the participants will have told several stories, both in smaller and bigger groups and have explored different ways of telling. The work enhances communication and presentational skills, as well as developing imagination and the ability to improvise. The techniques provide useful tips and hints for everyone who works with children or young people. It can also solely be a source of inspiration to tell and to listen to stories.

Open to all levels and experience. If you wish to work on a particular story, you are very welcome to bring it.

09.04.2005 from 10.00-16.00

St. Katherine’s Church Hall, Church Hill, Merstham, Surrey RH1 
(See also map and directions below)

Adult £25, Senior/Student £15
Please bring your own lunch. Coffee, tea and Norwegian waffles will be provided.
Maximum number of participants is 16; fee paid in advanced secures a place.

About the workshop facilitator
Ragnhild trained in storytelling and theatre in Oslo and London and has many years' experience of working with adults and children through performance and workshops. Her current storytelling series contain performances such as “Stories for Tinies”, “Furs and Feathers” and ”Not here, not there, not now, not then” as well as the interactive workshops Stories to tell! and “Stories to write”. Clients include the BBC, the Norwegian Storytelling Forum and the European Fairytale Society, Germany. She tells stories in English, Norwegian and German.

By train:
Trains leave from London Bridge or Victoria and take about 40min. (You might have to change in East Croydon). When leaving the station, walk straight ahead and take to the right onto the A23. You’ll cross the M25 and Church Hill is the 2nd road to the left (a1/b2). It’s about 5 min walking distance form the station.

By car:
If coming by car, follow the A23 southwards. After Coulsdon South the road will divide into A23 and M23. DO NOT drive onto the M23 but continue on the A23 until a 30mph sign. Church Hill is off to the right.

St. Katharine’s Church Hall is to the left after about 50m.

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