I’m delighted to be doing a couple of writing workshops down at Gladstone’s Library. They’re an extension of the work I’ve done with Chester Micro Plays and they’re a small part of this year’s Fun Palaces.
You can have a look at Fun Palaces here http://funpalaces.co.uk/ and here’s a bit about the idea behind them:
“Choose what you want to do – or watch someone else doing it. Learn how to handle tools, paint, babies, machinery, or just listen to your favourite tune. Dance, talk or be lifted up to where you can see how other people make things work. Sit out over space with a drink and tune in to what’s happening elsewhere in the city. Try starting a riot or beginning a painting – or just lie back and stare at the sky.”
And I think the thing that strikes me most about the whole Fun Palaces idea is the permission it contains. To try, to be new, to act outside the constraints of the day.
So, I’ll be offering my time and what I’ve learned about micro theatre as part of Fun Palaces. These aren’t lessons; they’re for us to learn from each other. They’re not just for people who’ve written creatively before either, though we will be writing.
I’ll be doing two sessions; one will centre around characters and the other around places. You could do both, but they won’t depend on one another. They’re on Saturday October 4th; the first one is 10.30am and the second one 2.30 and they’ll both run for about an hour and a half. You can let me, or Gladstone’s know if you’re coming, or simply turn up.
There are other things going on as well. A game of Consequences, a Story Telling Marathon and a Story Café.
You need to book into the Story Telling Marathon and details can be found on Gladstone’s event page for the Fun Palace.
Gladstone’s can be found here : http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/funpalaces/