Mudcat Café message #1781277 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #92900   Message #1781277
Posted By: Northerner
11-Jul-06 - 05:00 PM
Thread Name: Story selection - storytelling to adults
Subject: RE: Story selection - storytelling to adults
Thank you John.

I think that the only storyteller that most of my audience members have seen before is the renowned Taffy Thomas. And as a beginner (started just under a year ago) there isn't any way that I could be up to his standard. It takes a very long time to develop skills in this area. I may well look slow and plodding to them. I'm not a bad storyteller, incidentally, just a new one. I'm also developing into a good singer so there are people who prefer me to sing.

I don't know what the gentleman who doesn't want me to tell fairy stories is going to do because that is an area of storytelling that I intend being very active in, together with some myths and legends. I think it is basically the ones that he is familiar with from his own childhood that he doesn't want; he specifically said he doesn't want Goldilocks. Well, he won't be getting Goldilocks. I will use material that is likely to be new to most of the audience. It's the lack of storytelling background that is revealing here. I have heard many wonderful stories told over the last year, by storytellers visiting here from overseas as well as our own British storytellers. My eyes have been thoroughly opened to the possibilities that storytelling can bring.

I am working on a story for a folk club singaround. It's a very short story but that gives me some leeway for embroidering it to make it more visual and to give it a personal touch.