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Telling Tales – performance storytelling course


A short course in performance storytelling over two weekends.

Venue for all Telling Tales events: Scorton Village Hall

Weekend 1: Saturday 17th/ Sunday 18th September (10am – 4pm both days)

Weekend 2: Saturday 1st/ Sunday 2nd October (10am – 4pm Saturday 10am-3pm Sunday)

Costs for the full 4-day course: £175 for full price, £75 for concessions.

Please email NOW to register your interest.

Tutor Jo Blake Cave is also performing at the Storey Auditorium in Lancaster on Friday 30th September. Tickets for this event are sold separately and can be purchased here.

Join international storytellers Dominic Kelly and Jo Blake Cave for a short tour through the landscape of crafting and performing a story. Dominic will give participants a toolbox of techniques for composing and preparing a tale for oral telling. In the second weekend, Jo will give an experiential insight into bringing these stories to life in a performance space.

The course is suitable for people who already have some experience in telling stories. The second weekend will involve physical work with the body. Dominic and Jo are founder members of Talking Skull Collective, a peer group of performance storytellers who work together towards artistic growth and development.

They create opportunities to enquire, discover and challenge what they do as artists and people in order to move beyond habitual behaviours to a place of vital creativity and performance.

dom kellyDominic has an international reputation for excellent, intricate and powerful composition in storytelling performance pieces such as Crow, Trickster, The Devil’s Purse and The Hero Light. Described as “a master storyteller” by BBC radio, his dynamic style has captivated audiences across the UK, Europe, and around the world. He has performed on many prominent stages including The Barbican and the National Theatre in London, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, and on tour from India to the Arctic Circle. He has directed storytelling programmes for festivals across England and is a member of Fabula Storytelling company in Stockholm. He tells stories both in English and Swedish.


jo blake caveJo Blake Cave is a contemporary storyteller whose work includes performance storytelling for theatres, art centres and festivals; and site-specific events that explore the stories of place and belonging. Jo draws from an ever-expanding repertoire of international fairytales, epics and myths.

Since 2010, Jo has been Storyteller-in-Residence at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton, After being highly commended in the 2007 Young Storyteller of the Year Competition she has performed at festivals including Beyond the Border, Festival at the Edge and Alden Biesen; and in venues such as The Barbican and The Soho Theatre.

Jo is an Associate Lecturer on the BA Acting degree course at the University of Northampton, having gained a 1st class honours in Performing Arts at the University of Winchester and an MA with distinction in Dance Theatre from Laban.