Donna Worthington is trained in storytelling and theatre direction and the following events can be offered as short sessions / evenings / days. Events can include storytelling presentations, arts activities (e.g. mask-making, movement, theatre workshops etc) and / or spirituality and retreat sessions:
-Hans Christian Andersen’s The Nightingale - A palace made of china, a golden cage and the song of a bird... An ancient Emperor appears, his eyes held by what he has just read about… the exquisite song of the Nightingale... The event begins with an imaginative performance of the tale of ‘The Nightingale’ and then we will seek to mine the treasures of this beautiful story through storytelling and theatre techniques, games, discussion. An opportunity to let the imagination run wild and let this tale take participants on an imaginative journey…
-The Brothers Grimm’s The Little Sea Hare – We explore this intriguing fairy tale and a character’s soul-journeying etc. in order to dive deep into this wonderful literature. We’ll delve in to its rich symbolism including the image of a princess in a tower who can see everything… We’ll look at the endings of stories and become aware of the biblical tradition of stories of hope. The event includes story, music, a little movement, discussion, images, prayer, writing etc.
-The Handless Maiden - Through the depths of this compelling story, we will explore the wisdom which speaks to women’s heroic journeying.
-EXPLORE THE ART OF STORYTELLING: The Maze, the Minotaur and Ariadne’s Thread - The King of Crete demands that Athenians be sacrificed to the Minotaur (a half-bull, half-man creature). The angry young prince of Athens decides he will go and fight the Minotaur. When he arrives on the island of Crete, the keeper of the maze, Ariadne, is his only hope. She gives him the gift of the red thread for his journey in and out of the darkness of the maze… We journey into the maze, a red thread piercing the darkness and dancing its way back into the light… Ariadne’s redemptive thread is one of the most profound symbols in mythic stories. We’ll explore the craft of storytelling by looking at the inner world of this story, ponder its rich symbolism through games, workshops, exercises, discussion, music, movement, characterisation and creative writing…
For all events, no experience of storytelling or drama is needed. All participants need is a love of stories and an openness to the joy and wisdom that exploring stories can bring.
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