• STORIES go Wells in the Bath!

    SSF were invited to play their part at the Holburne Museum in the Bath Literary Festival on March 10th. Although there were not horads of people rushing through the castle doors, there was an energetic atmosphere with plenty of participation from an audience that ranged from 3 to 73.

    Michael Loader who was telling local stories in which the Devil made an entrance, throwing newspaper boulders at the audience, met his twin... ie another storyteller, from Watford, born in Watford General Hospital!

    Words from the audience... "It's a great skill to make a small audience feel like a large one"

    "The stories were great. We were all transfixed"

    Hopefully they all 'unfroze' before wending their ways home

    On Saturday March 17 we had three servings of gruesome Gory Stories at the Bishop's Palace in Wells. Audience members young and old, wriggled and squirmed at the grisly tales of human revenge and retribution. The children were especially fascinated by an image on the guttering and on a coat of arms inside the Chapel of the 'biblical pelican' pecking and plucking its chest to feed its three young fledglings on blood... drip, drip, drop!



  • A dip in the BATH...

    This Sunday March 10 will see Michael Loader spinning yarns in the Holburne Museum between 2-4pm, telling 'Folk's Tales' from around the world. This will be a first for SSF, ie to be part of the Bath Literary Festival and also to journey outside of the Taunton area. We hope that this will give us a launch pad for MORE story events in the great Georgian capital of the south west in future years.

    OH and it's a FREE EVENT for families!



  • TACCHI-MORRIS times two!

    Thursday and Friday March 8 and 9 saw two shows of 'GRIMM and GRIMMER' from storyteller and founder of the Bristol Storytelling Festival Martin Maudsley and musician/ singer Ailsa Mair-Hughes. Although we were short on numbers for the evening adult show on the Thursday night, the high quality of performance more than made up for it. Martyin and Ailsa took us gently and with an intimate invitation into a world of magic and mischief, malevolence and mystery with three beautifully re-created and re-imagined tales from the brothers of Grimm.

    In stark contrast Martin and Ailsa performed a similar show to a enthusiastic hoard of 240 year 7 pupils who came to the main auditorium at the TMAC and bulged the walls with their energy, imagination and squeals of participation. When asked to complete the story after the words and music tailed off to create a cliff hanger, the responses were overwhelmingly forthcoming, filled with malice, retribution and revenge, twists and turns of vivid and enlivened imaginations

    Who says they are TOO OLD for stories...!*?



  • "BEAT IT, SPEAK IT, TELL IT" WORKSHOPS at Heathfield School and the Space Performing Arts

    SSF took a ride into the SPACE and Heathfield School on Wednesday March 6th based at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre to bring two workshops to eagerly awaiting students.

    Led by performance poet Liv Torc, Dom Buck beatbox artist and storyteller Michael Loader SSF set its aim at bringing 'story related' events to 14-19 year olds, in an attempt to offer something new, something known, something to taste, something not pre-owned!

    The Space students revelled in the opportunity to first hear from the artists, then create their own words and sounds "KAA, TI, BOOM" in their chosen workshops before sharing their skills with the rest of the group, in an atmosphere of total support, celebration, humour and "GIVE IT A GO"

    Here's the poem the 'Poets on the Heath' (year 9's) created in a short, short time!

    MY AMAZING PANTS... They make me panda man, They have pandas on them, Green with purple blobs, Black and white, MY AMAZING PANTS, They are yellow and brown and extremely frilly, Make girls blush, They make me a super hero so I can save the world, My pants turn me into spider man, Make you fly and have control of lightning.

    Their superpowers are laser beams from each butt cheek, They help me move faster, Everyone that looks at them bursts into flames, Create any animal you want, even goats, To change the world they will exterminate Justin Bieber and 1D, Because they give me sweets, No more extinct animals - dodos can rule again, Clean your bum for you , Chomp, chomp, chomp my pants have sharp teeth, They're nice...

    And here's the version from the 'Space Poets' (year 13's) in less time...

    MY AMAZING PANTS... Diamond encrusted buttons, Black lacy pants, Cotton, big, checked, Have one direction all over them, Pink and leopard print, silk, v. small, They can make you fly, Make you jump really high.

    They convinced people to vote for OBAMA, Allow me to change stuff, love things, invent things, Infinit knowledge, Give off a lovely perfume smell all day and never get dirty, Calvin Klein, pine cones and jacket potatoes, They're environmentally friendly, you'll never use a washing machine again.

    Big, size of a whale, Always comfortable, Create friendships, Dinner with any person, past or present, They control people like Barabara Windsor, Save people from crashes, They are relatives with the Queen, Pope and Prime Minister, Change you into any person you desire, They come in flat pack from IKEA...

    To follow on...

    We'll be hosting a BEAT IT, SPEAK IT, TELL IT evening on March 21st in the Space Auditorium with contributions from Liv Torc, Dom Buck and Michael Loader AND Open Mic spots to anyone who wants to come along to tell their own story, song, beatbox, rap, poem... ETCETERAHHH!

    If you want a 5 minute slot email charlie@tacchi-morris.com with your name and act...




    The month of March will see the Somerset Storyfest leaping and bounding its way around the county of Somerset with words, images and sounds for everyone.

    The 2013 festival will include FREE Family Events at Taunton Library on Saturday March 2 with a three-course feast of Storytelling, Puppet-Making and Art and the Museum of Somerset on Saturday March 23 with a ‘Making Hi-STORY’ event.

    The highlights of the festival will include the show ‘Grimm and Grimmer’ on Thursday March 7 for 10 years + and adults, then ‘Beat it, Speak it, Tell it’ on March 21, both at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre. The 21st event is an evening for 14-19 year olds of Beatbox, Performance Poetry and Storytelling from Dominic Buck, Liv Torc and Michael Loader as well as an Open Mic slot for you to take the stage.

    An afternoon of ‘Folk’s Tales’ at the Holburne Museum in Bath on March 10 and ‘Gory Stories’ on Saturday March 16 at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells will take the Storyfest out of the Taunton area for the first time.

    The festival returns to Halsway Manor on Sunday March 17 with a family afternoon of Tales of the Totem, Puppet-Making, Stories from Mauritius and the Cabinet of Curiosities with Projected Illustrations, Live Music, tea and cakes!

    Somerset Storyfest Director said “We are delighted to be back for 2013 especially in a year of difficult financial times for the Arts. We are very grateful for the support and assistance we have received from our funders to help SSF continue and develop and overjoyed to have made so many new partnerships with exciting and notable venues. Thanks go to the Brewhouse, who sadly slipped from the Arts map of Somerset recently, for helping us with our first steps last year”.

    For full details: www.somersetstoryfest.co.uk



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