Jan Blake Storytelling Masterclass

29/06/2014 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Book and Kitchen
31 All Saints Road
London W11

JANBLAKEPHOTHow do we take a folktale, that has been lying flat between the pages of a book, or dormant in our memory bank, and animate it? How do we breathe life into its world and its characters, making the listener’s experience engaging and memorable?

Join the award-winning and international storyteller Jan Blake in exploring the vibrant world of your favourite traditional folktale. Using your chosen story and those of your co-participants in the workshop, we will look at what ‘storyteller’ means in relation to how you tell and how to develop your particular style of telling.

Get a flavour for Jan Blake’s storytelling: Jan talks at TedEx

- Outstanding Female Storyteller 2012, British Awards for Storytelling Excellence (BASE)
- Winner Outstanding Classical Adaptation 2013, British Awards for Storytelling Excellence
- International Brand Personality for being The World’s Leading Storyteller & for Contribution to Literature 2013

Specific areas covered include:

  • Engagement with the story
  • Audience involvement
  • Rhythm and musicality
  • Characterisation
  • Vocal dynamics/vocal intonation
  • Visualisation
  • Poetic and descriptive language
  • Use of diverse vocabulary
  • Facial expressions
  • Eye Contact
  • Being at ease; your sense of freedom in performance.

This masterclass is practical, using basic warm-up, storytelling exercises, and contains teaching and demonstration. All participants will be expected to be able to communicate in English and should come with their favourite traditional folk or fairy tale.

The class will run all day from 10 am to 5:40 pm with a fifteen minute break in the morning and afternoon, and a one hour lunch break.

Max: 16 Participants