Principles of Movement in Storytelling (2 day course)

September 30, 2020
September 30, 2020
May 21, 2021

Aimed at those who already have some practical experience of telling stories this short and intense residential workshop looks at how ‘The Body Speaks’. It introduces a practical grammar and framework for understanding how gestures, movements and displacements support and clarify storytelling, based on the reworking and retelling of folktale, fairytale myth and epic. What is signalled by deliberate movement and what is betrayed by unconscious movement?

The workshop is for those familiar with the improvised spoken word paradigm of performance storytelling and who have a basic repertoire of traditional narratives that can be drawn on readily. It aims to furnish participants with the practical knowledge to start integrating these principals into their own work, and to also assess what deeper specific training in the areas of body knowledge and movement (martial arts, dance, mime, etc) they might seek.

LOCATION: A secret little studio space in the rural Worcestershire-Herefordshire borders (NB cat in residence)

ACCOMMODATION: Individual, basic, but cosy glamping accommodation is provided free of charge. Alternatively you are welcome to seek more luxurious accommodation in local Airbnbs.

COVID 19: Mitigating steps are being put in place in-line with government advice to make our residential courses Covid safe. The situation is of course, ever changing, and we're at the mercy of what life will look like in 2021. If we do not think we can undertake the course safely, then it will be cancelled and any payments will be reimbursed.


Marley Bank Studio
West Midlands


May 21, 2021

booking information

COST: £150 (includes food and basic accommodation for two nights). A small number of discounts to support younger storytellers (under 35) will be available at the course provider’s discretion.

BOOKING:  Capacity is limited to 8 and, because there is a need to create a balanced group in terms of experience and ambition, places are allocated by application rather than on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. We particularly welcome younger applicants (18 – 35) and applicants from BAME backgrounds. To apply or with queries please email (subject header: Movement)

Ben Haggarty

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