Mudcat Café message #1781204 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #92900   Message #1781204
Posted By: Northerner
11-Jul-06 - 03:04 PM
Thread Name: Story selection - storytelling to adults
Subject: RE: Story selection - storytelling to adults
Hello Moira.

Your Canadian storytelling scene sounds very active. I'm British and a member of the Society for Storytelling. However, there is no-one very active near me. Occasionally I travel up to Newcastle and tell at the storytelling circle there. It's a geat place to tell stories at as the audience are really appreciative and knowledgeable. We do have a regional centre opening this autumn; it is still several hours from me but it should be fairly influential. I have been told that the leading storyteller who is associated with it may be running a mentoring scheme and possibly it is something that I may be eligible for. All the more reason to get a good story worked out in the next month or so because I am hoping to have a chance to tell a story to him.

My feeling is that a folk club audience is not geared up in the same way for listening to a story as a festival or storytelling circle audience. They are ready for a performance but are having to adjust to something that is not very familiar to them. Most of the audience will see a storyteller maybe once a year only and that is if they go to Whitby.

Your storytelling sounds very interesting. I am aiming to do like you and include some ballads in my programme eventually.