Saturday, 18 October 2008


Ah now for this lesson i felt like a little child. And i absolutely loved every moment of it; being read a story, almost falling asleep letting my imagination run wild. Then 'SIT UP PROPERLY', a voice shouts in our ears. Is this a joke, i thought to myself; i jumped straight out of my childhood self and became Cara, the 20 year old university student once again. I remember thinking at this point that i am not a child so why am i being patronised like this. I did not like having my freedom taken away as soon as it has been given to me.

An array of thoughts floating about in this little blonde head of mine you think, but for a perfectly acceptable reason. When asked at the end of the story to re-tell it, many people remembered the first half really well, including lots of minor details. But the majority of people only remembered parts of the second half, because it was told in a very fragmented way; the story lost its significance when the storyteller had to stop to tell people off, or ask us what the morals were within the story.

I have decided that if you were to use stories as a part of community theatre, you must make sure that you allow your audience to use their imaginations, and not force any thoughts upon them. The way that you tell a story can have a massive impact on how it is received. You must look at the importance of whos story you are telling, even if it is your own, and the importance of how you tell it.

Other stories we looked at were our own, about a night out. We thought of a story we could tell about a night out, then got into partners and had to tell it in two different ways. One way was to tell it in an interview style, only telling the parts of the the story that the interviewer asked for. The other way was to just tell it how you wanted. These two styles produced very different stories, one being quite fragmented, and the other being very flowing and easy to follow.

When lookin into personal stories in particular, we must remember to be careful about how we re-tell them. People may be offended about how you tell it, and others may want it told in a very specific way. So if we are going to look into one persons story, we must ensure that they are kept happy about the way it is being told.

1 comment:

Mark Griffin said...

Great to find the connection Cara and well done for getting up and running.

Of the factors keeping communities together it's collective and collected stories that seem to most help us define membership. Sometimes these can form nostalgia, sometimes it's a way of passing on custom or tradition. Sometimes stories need challenging as well. It's important to understand that they can fix belief as well as open up possibilities. I guess all Drama begins with a story, however, and when they are well told they carry enormous power to inspire change.