Secret Storyteller, Public Performer with Jo Henwood
Years 3 and 4: Language and Literature
Distressed damsel meets scary monster and is rescued by brave hero – this just might be the oldest story in the world. It might also be the newest story in the world because it is constantly being re told in so many different settings and genres. The images of threat and heroism illuminate your mind with all that this dragonslayer story stands for and you want to share your take on this with someone else… to whisper the tale around the campfire as a Secret Storyteller, or to take up your quill to write for some distant, future, unknown solo reader who will only understand your sense of wonder through the beauty of the words you leave behind. But the dragonslayer deserves more! Your version of this legend also deserves to be performed for the masses as a grand story that unites us as a community. It is up to you, the master storyteller (a very Public Performer), to call upon all your magic arts – to consider dramatic elements music, props, scenery, actions, whatever you can imagine – to make this story come alive, large and bold, from the page to the stage.
Secret Storyteller or Public Performer? In this workshop you’ll take on these roles in turn, consider what is needed to convert a sensational secret tale to a public performance piece, and immortalise two brand new versions of this tale for all of us forevermore!
is an Accredited Storyteller with the NSW Storytelling Guild, Tour Guide in historic houses, heritage sites, and Tall Ships, Education Officer at the Australian National Maritime Museum and Schoolhouse Museum, museum theatre creative, workshop leader, public speaker, and co founder of the Australian Fairy Tale Society. She has a Master of Cultural Heritage, and qualifications in library science, museum studies, tour guiding, and gifted education.