Residential Training Course – Foundation Week 1 – led by Ben Haggarty

September 27, 2020
September 27, 2020
May 9, 2021


Aimed at those with an interest in using oral storytelling as an adjunct to a professional career, this week-long introductory course sets out the paradigm of contemporary performance storytelling. Working with folktales and fairytales, it provides a framework for understanding the different genres of international traditional narrative; demonstrates how imagination and experience combine in storytelling; differentiates the nature of orality from the nature of literacy; shows how language works, and introduces rasa theory, an ancient and highly effective compositional tool.

Participants will explore the relationship between words and visualisation, narrative patterns and structure; how improvised language operates within a narrative, and how composition can bring out the emotional life of a story.

Expect an intensive week of work packed with exercises, talk, discussion, and telling stories. You'll discover your innate inner storyteller and begin to appreciate its skills...

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 9, 2021

booking information

COST: £350 (includes food and basic accommodation for five nights). A small number of discounts to support younger storytellers (under 35) will be available at the course provider’s discretion.

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: Foundation 1)

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