Family storytelling at ‘Little Big Rock’

This weekend has been a bank holiday, which means for all the lucky kids in Edinburgh, there has been NO school. Hopefully they will have been occupying themselves with all kinds of wonderfulness. I know that many of them have been up to St. Andrews Square to take part in the incredible activities set out for them for Little Big Rock. In association with Jungle City who are trying to raise awareness of the plight of endangered animals. Sunday 18th and today 19th we have had some wonderful storytelling from Marion Kenny. The Puppet Lab performed their Forest Creatures performances, raising awareness of the environment and all things foresty! I was telling too and am hoping that someone took some pics that I can put up later on. It was in the big tent so there was plenty of room for everyone.

Energetic (and very hot) story about the boastful eagle who was outsmarted by the tiny sparrow. Then how the great Lion got his roar and the legend of Magnificent Moon. Very well received but must be getting old ‘cos really felt the heat today.

Literature had  a look in too with Aileen Paterson and Catherine Rayner. This was on top of animal handling visits from Butterfly and Insect World as well as the usual and ever popular face painting and mask making.

While I am tempted to do more work creating stories for older audiences, when ever I do workshops/sessions like this I do love the incredible honesty of the audience, the encouragement and the sheer joy in their faces. Family audiences are challenging because you have to please the 2 year old and the 12 year old and the parents and grandparents so when you have a good session, it feels amazing because you really feel appreciated as a good storyteller.

A pretty good day all together.


About TotoTales

Toto Tales brings African stories to life through the arts. We find and create incredible, inspiring, heart warming, tragic, humorous stories from across Africa, and share them with a variety of audiences across the world. We collaborate with various artists and strive to produce high quality works that while simple are far from being simplistic.
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