The Way You Tell ‘Em: A Storytelling Workshop with Gerard Harris
** WORKSHOP for storytellers, actors, comedians **
What makes a story good and a storyteller worth listening to? In this workshop and masterclass, we will go through the process from the happening to the telling and from the page to the stage. We will look at ways to generate stories and build structure before covering some of the major choices that storytellers have to make, such as writing vs improvising, truth vs embellishment, and comedy vs drama. We’ll also address the practicalities of performance and talk about the foundations of personal memoir and storytelling. Bring a pen and paper and, if you have one, a short (~3 minutes) story from your own life that you’d like to share in an open, supportive environment with no experience necessary.
Gerard Harris is an award-winning storyteller from the UK who has been telling stories around the world for the last five years. Starting out as a scriptwriter for the BBC and a joke writer for a top British comedian, he has worked with English and Drama departments in high schools to introduce the personal storytelling form to students; and coached writers, performers, business people and anyone else who wants to explore personal memoir and improve their public speaking skills.
Date: Saturday 22 April
Time: 11am – 2pm (3 hours)
Venue: Artworks Theatre
Tickets: $ 50 | $40 for students (Sign up at GerardHarris@gmail.com)
In the evening, Gerard will be challenging the Waiheke Comedy Show to improvise scenes inspired by the short stories he is going to tell, followed by the main event, the storytelling show “Attention Seeker”.
Time: 7pm Door & Bar Opens | Show starts 7:30pm
Tickets: $20 online | $25 at door | $20 Students | $15 for workshop participants