… for folks who want to tell stories
People often tell us they’re itching to tell stories but they don’t know where to start. Start with us! We run Toe Dippers sessions for everyone, Conflabs for storytellers, and all sorts of fun stuff when we have one of our genius ideas. Here’s what’s on now…
Toe Dippers Online
ONCE, TWICE, THRICE
Sat 28 Nov 10.30 – 12.00
1 hr 30 mins
for everyone who wants to tell stories
Repeating patterns are keys that unlock stories. Pick a lock with us. And another. And a third…
Drop in for the first time, or come back for more as we play around with what makes folk stories so much bigger on the inside than the out. We’ll be hunting through the echoes, mirrors and copycats. Learn how to tell your audience what they already know, and just how surprising that can be. We’ll ask you to bring short folktale to work on, but if you can’t find one we run a lucky dip on Friday afternoon for the brave (or indecisive). Either way, don’t expect to stay staring at your screen for the whole workshop. There may be drawing. There may be moving. There will definitely be telling of tales. Grab a coffee and come play!
Toe Dipper workshops warmly welcome everyone interested in exploring the craft of oral storytelling. Absolute beginners, curious never-heard-of-its, old hands – we’ll be a Saturday morning gang. We aim to challenge and refresh, and leave you with a smile on your face and your imagination fizzing – and all before lunch!
No previous experience of storytelling needed – just need a fairly quiet place and a reasonable internet connection.
Off with your socks! It’s time to dip your toe into the wonderful world of storytelling.Tweet
It’s always worth telling us you’re interested even if you can’t make the dates we list – you might be the tipping point that makes us schedule the next one!
Some of our other workshops …
TOE DIPPERS WORKSHOP
This is our popular fun introductory performance storytelling workshop. We’re looking forward to when we can be in a room with people again (and in the bar with everyone afterwards…)
In a playful three hour workshop session, we will explore three fundamental techniques for breathing life into a story. You will be playing with a short folktale, seeing it taking shape and captivating your listeners. All you need to bring is your imagination.
Come and dip a toe – or maybe a whole foot – into the compelling world of telling stories. Maybe stick around for a post-workshop drink and a chat in the bar.
This is for anyone who is interested in explorating the craft of oral storytelling. We aim to challenge and refresh you, and leave you with a smile on your face and your imagination fizzing.
And very importantly…
We always book somewhere with a bar attached, for cake and coffee and apres-workshop sipping. Because Saturday afternoons have a way of turning into Saturday evenings… We keep the numbers small so that everyone gets plenty of time and attention so book up quickly and don’t miss out!
Here’s feedback from previous Toe Dippers
Or why not book a workshop for your school, your organisation, or for you and your friends?
‘Paper theatre’ is a form of Japanese street storytelling. The stories are told with the help of pictures. We’ll tell you a story to get things started. Then let your imagination get to work as you draw your own illustrations for it, and tell the story back the way you see it. You get to listen to a story, draw and perform (with the help of your pictures). Perfect!
(Sessions can be adapted for any age group.)
Bring It On!
For teenagers we offer a session of open mic slots, but mixed up with the chance to skill-up and tweak your telling . If you’ve got the guts, we want to hear you. We’ll compere the session like we compere Story Jam every month, so expect laughs and a warm welcome onto our stage. Bring a story to work on.
(If you are no longer a teenager, you might keep an eye out for Fresh Blood & Guts nights, which we run with other London storytelling organisations. It’s a platform for new tellers to show the world what you’ve got.)
Beehive Storytelling Sessions
Pluck a story out of the air. Games to get your imagination and impro mojo flowing will lead into a group storytelling. Find your hive-mind as the story starts connecting and we tell one another a tale that we didn’t even know before we started telling it. Who knows what it will be about? All we know is you’ll leave buzzing with energy. Suitable for adults, families, anyone.
(This is the one session in which we don’t work with traditional stories.)