Story Brexit

The Dark Arts: Battling in the Story Wars

As we wake up today to the possibility of a UK outside of the European Union it’s interesting to consider how the stories each campaign told have impacted the results. The results were close and the vote for Leave is something many just didn’t see coming. So how did we get here? This isn’t a post about whether it’s right …

Are you an Elphaba or a Glinda?

I believe that we can choose the way we work. I also believe that there are a variety of ways of working that can be effective depending on the immediate need. The key to success is recognising what’s needed and when, and then flexing our approach to match the need. There are many kinds of people and approaches. One of the key …

The Great British Bake Off: Just desserts and the power of story

Those of us in the UK are unlikely to have escaped the shocking and horrific incident on our televisions screens this week. I refer of course to #bingate, the event that plagued the Great British Bake Off on Wednesday night. High stakes, high drama! Well, not really… it’s a show about baking, but apparently us Brits get very upset when …

Jibber-Jabber! (Improv lesson 3)

No one made any sense! And that was sort of the point of last night’s improv lesson. The whole thing reminded me a little of the mad Inspector Kemp from Young Frankenstein (“footschteps, footschteps!”) Although actually I think we were easier to understand. The lesson was a great demonstration of how words can get in the way of communication. The …

I mean, really listen… (improv ‘lesson’ 2!)

So session two of my journey back to improv. It was all about listening. We mirrored, we matched, we mimicked all in the service of hearing what the rest of our group was offering. The concept of listening as a means to determine when it is our turn to speak was completely wiped out by listening to understand how we …

I wanna be Amy (Improv ‘lesson’ one)!

In a bid to ‘sharpen the saw’ I’ve started to participate in some formal training on practices I’ve been… practicing (?) for the last forty years. I love to learn and I love to get new tools to play with. So, last night was my first session in a six week course on developing fundamental improvisation skills. The session is …

To thine own self be true.

“There have never been so many stories, never so many ways to tell them.”thestory.org.uk Above the proscenium arch of the stage at Conway Hall are written the words “to thine own self be true.” This six word story is the banner under which we sat on Friday, February 21st for the fifth meeting of The Story. A one-day conference about …