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Sat 2 Dec


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We all tell stories. How can small group work embrace everyone in storytelling, including those with learning and additional support needs? Maria MacDonell unpacks a suitcase of creative approaches to spontaneous story making and telling, ensuring everyone can enjoy the seasonal festivals, regardless of age and ability.

This workshop is designed to nurture and inspire group leaders, family, support workers and anyone involved with people of any age with learning disabilities. It also warmly welcomes anyone who simply would like to enjoy what is possible when we come together creatively. This workshop can also be a starting point for someone who has not yet worked in this field.

The afternoon has three main aims:

1. To inspire, nourish and take care of you through story making and telling.
2. To explore and invent creative ways in which you can inspire the people you are working with. Traditional well-known tales are not outlawed for the afternoon! They are already well incorporated into our psyche and we will embrace them along with spontaneous original ideas.
3. To create together something which none of us would have made on our own.

Participants are asked to bring an object or objects with them that make a noise. It does not need to be a musical instrument – just something ordinary to bang, rub, shake or rustle!

Maria MacDonell has many years experience helping people of all ages and abilities create and present stories. Since 2008 she has been a drama and creative arts tutor in Dundee and Angus College Supported Education. In 2000 she co-founded the charity Angus Arts to provide arts activities of all kinds for people of all ages in a wide variety of locations. She has spent sixteen years co-developing Butterfly Moon - explorations of theatre arts with people with learning disabilities in a variety of settings. Maria has a degree in history and after many years as an actor in film, television and theatre, found herself in newspaper journalism, television research and presentation. She has also worked in freelance heritage interpretation and is currently spreading her own storytelling wings.

A booking fee of £1 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings. No booking fee is applied to tickets purchased in person from the Scottish Storytelling Centre Box Office.

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Scottish Storytelling Centre
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Sat 2 Dec

Full Price - £15.00

Forum Members - £12.00

Start Time & Duration:
2pm (2hrs 30)

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Box Office 0131 556 9579

Book tickets online or by calling our box office between 10am-6pm, Monday to Saturday (Sunday, July & August only, 12pm-6pm)

A booking fee of £1 is charged per transaction for online and phone bookings.

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