A taster weekend for beginners and improvers
Facilitator: Jan Blake
Each storyteller has their own voice and Jan Blake is known for her dynamic and generous style. This lively taster weekend will give a flavour of her work including developing presence, inhabiting your body in movement and gesture, pacing, rhythm and care of the voice.
Jan Blake has been telling stories worldwide for over 25 years. Specialising in stories from Africa, the Caribbean and Arabia she has a well-earned reputation for captivating performances that enchant all ages. Recent highlights include the Hay Festival, TEDx and numerous summer festivals.
Event time: Fri 22nd May 2020 at 4:00pm - Sun 24th May 2020 at 4:00pm
At a glance
- learn from one of UK’s most celebrated storytellers
- a practical, experiential course for beginners and improvers
What participants will gain
- develop presence and performance skills
- understand basics of pacing and rhythm in a story
- experience using music and song to enhance the narrative
- understanding and adapting to your audience
Each storyteller has their own voice and Jan Blake is known for her dynamic and generous style. This lively taster weekend will give a flavour of her unique approach including developing presence, inhabiting your body in movement and gesture, pacing, rhythm and care of the voice.
This course draws on Jan’s extensive repertoire of tales from Africa, the Caribbean and Arabia. So be prepared for a wonderful journey! She will demonstrate how to bring your own individual stamp to a story and there will be the opportunity for each participant to give a short performance within the group on the final day, if wished. Participants who want to take the work further can join A Body of Words, Jan’s longer in-depth Masterclass consisting of four modules
Please note that prices are listed per person.
Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.
If you would like to camp please enquire about camping options and prices.
As a leading storyteller, Jan Blake has been performing worldwide for over 25 years. Recent highlights include the Hay Festival where she was storyteller-in-residence, the Viljandi Harvest Festival in Estonia and TEDx Warsaw.
As part of the World Shakespeare Festival in 2012 she was the curator for Shakespeare’s Stories, a landmark exhibition that explored themes of journey and identity in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.Visit Tutor's Website
“Jan works in a very clear and straight forward way to help us each find our own way of telling the stories. She helps bring out the very best in everybody and has a wonderful way of weaving coaching, theory and practice together.”
“No other storyteller embodies and promises to reconnect you with your joy of storytelling, in the way that Jan does. And through it to find one’s voice and power… awesome!”
“I would summarise the approach as spontaneity based on a thoroughly informed and disciplined intuition. How do you teach that? Somehow Jan does, through example and lots of perceptive personal feedback. She draws out what’s best”
“Jan is as powerful a teacher as she is a storyteller. She has guided me to the heart of storytelling with her acute insight and wisdom. She has helped me to lift the veil of uncertainty … revealing a deeper truth and authenticity in my work”