Can we have a story?

by Sophie Galton | 1 May 2016

Why, as adults, do we not ask for a story to be read to us before we go to sleep?

“Can we have a story, please?” – the words spoken by every child at some point in their lives, daily, nightly and most often repeated over and over again until the reader gives in and agrees to just “OK, just one more”. So at what point do we lose that love of hearing a story? Why, as adults, do we not ask for a story to be read to us before we go to sleep? Do we not enjoy stories anymore? Are we no longer children and therefore it becomes socially unacceptable for a story to be read to us?

Storytelling is a time old classic. It was here before the emails and the mobiles and will remain after they all have become yet another past memory. We need stories and storytellers to keep our world moving, to ignite the imagination and to fuel the fire of creation. Stories are steeped in history, culture and tradition and wherever you travel, live or visit, stories are the backbone to people and their world. So how do we explore this in theatre? How do we get the next generation to continue the love of stories, especially in a world where technology is becoming our reason to live (overly dramatic but ask any 15 year old to hand over their phone and they will be close to death)?

So are we sitting comfortably? Then, let’s begin… Once upon a time… What?!! Wait a minute…

Chapter 1
Working with a group of students who do not have much experience in drama and for whom English is a second language (longest chapter title ever)

Storytelling is a great way in for all students to access drama – everyone knows a story.

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