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Fire in the Telling

Sunday 25 Nov 4pm — Wednesday 28 Nov 4pm, 2018

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Course Enquiry

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals & accommodation):

  • £270– single ensuite room
  • £249 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £249 – single non-ensuite room
  • £222– sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals):

  • £195

Non Resident (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals except breakfast):

  • £185

‘Fire in the Telling’, how to put your passion for storytelling into your performance! Sharon Jacksties returns to Halsway Manor to teach a skills-based intermediate storytelling course for those who already have some storytelling experience, and who wish to improve their performance practice.

The course will focus on developing individual performance skills and the techniques required for different kinds of stories. During this immersive course, you will further your ability to deliver dynamic, versatile and authentic performances through peer group and partner learning. There will also be slots for one to one tuition and an opportunity to perform for an invited audience.

This course is not about learning new stories although, as ever, Sharon will be working with traditional sources, and Halsway’s extensive folk library is available to participants. As a skills-based course, you may find it more appropriate to revisit familiar stories.

We are delighted to be welcoming guest tutor Helen Barrett; an extraordinary voice teacher with a cross art background in performing arts, Helen will lead a session on the Monday afternoon. Tailored to the needs of storytellers, her workshop will look at voice production, how the voice can be a versatile instrument for dynamics in storytelling and in evoking characters.

Arrive from 4pm on Sunday; depart after lunch on Wednesday.

Who’s it For?

This is an intermediate-level course, designed for those who already have some storytelling experience or who have been on one of Sharon’s courses before. The course culminates in an opportunity to perform for those wanting to do so – you don’t have to! This will be an intensive few days but be assured that Sharon creates a warm and supportive environment, and you’ll be able to relax and have fun too!

“Sharon, I can’t thank you enough for delivering such an excellent course. Although I have attended other storytelling events this is the first where I have felt confident enough to stand up and deliver a story and that is all due to your help and support. I would also like to thank the other group members for their help and support and for listening and putting up with me. I hope to meet you and the others at future storytelling events. I would be grateful if you could also pass on my thanks to the staff at Halsway for everything they’ve done. Thanks should also go to Nature for creating such beautiful surroundings around Halsway Manor.” Participant

The Tutor

Sharon Jacksties has been telling traditional tales of wonder and delight for over 25 years. Working here and abroad, she has been happy telling stories to all ages in venues that vary from bus shelters to the National Theatre. She shares stories from all over the world, some of which have never been heard on these islands before. Sharon is also the author of ‘Somerset Folk Tales’, her adopted county, and co-director of The Summerlands Storytelling Festival.

During 2018 Sharon will be busy developing the Summerlands Storytelling Festival after its initial successful year; returning to Romania to teach storytelling; welcoming the publication of Somerset Folk Tales for Children – sequel to the adults’ version, all before returning to Halsway Manor, her favourite teaching venue…

Guest tutor Helen Barrett trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts under the renowned vocal coach and author Donna Soto Moretini (vocal coach on BBC’s and ITV’s The Voice amongst others). She has been working professionally as a vocalist and vocal coach for the last fifteen years in the UK and Europe.