Stories can be told for any age group but it is good to know before the performance who the audience will be. Shows can be a mixture of stories perhaps of 10 to 15 minutes each on a theme such as Dragons and Strange Creatures or Into the Forest, or it could be of one complete story, such as Lily and the Lion.
The story of Lily and the Lion is an ‘Epic Tale’ where Lily has to firstly save her family, then later find and save the Lion. In my telling of the story, Lily says: “I am not brave but I know what I have to do”. I this way I try and make Lily like everyone else, she just keeps going.
This is a story of adventure and fun and sadness and triumph where those listening follow the roller coaster ride of the story. We walk through the night, we are scared by the Lion, we follow the dove and then we are lost as Lily is lost. Storytelling is all about the listener creating the images in their mind and living the story. In this way the story also belongs to the listener and this is especially true of children. I still remember a child telling me the story of ‘what happened next’ to my characters at the end of a story.
Telling the story of Lily and the Lion lasts about 45 minutes so that it fits many schools lesson or session time. The performance can be accompanied by workshops that support the development of storytelling, in both an oral format or to support storytelling in creative writing.
Some lovely comments from audience members after a show makes it all worth while:
Your story telling was magical and drew me right in!! J. Evans
It was a wonderful evening – we all very much enjoyed it thank you – loved your stories! K.Morris
A magical evening Sarah, Thank You.