We offer storytelling workshops and performances as well as teacher training sessions in primary and secondary schools across Cumbria and the rest of the UK.

For more details, email: emily@emilyhennessey.co.uk



      4th – 8th July                               “The Rooted Tongue”: the Storytelling Body

28th August – 1st Sep                  “The Three Pillars of Storytelling”

All courses will be held in Brigsteer Village Hall, in the beauitful Lake District National Park. A list of local accommodation will be available to ensure participants find what they need. Lunch and supper will be provided for each day.

“The Rooted Tongue” with Nick and Emily Hennessey

4th – 8th July 2019

An exploration of physicality for artists of the spoken word with some performance experience.

As spoken word performers we prioritise the role of language in our work, yet there is no speech without the body, and the body is the space. What goes on between language and gesture? What are the possibilities for free and purposeful movement in speaking?

In this workshop we will explore the fundamental axis of our bodies, taking our inspiration from nature, leading us towards an embodied and creative approach to the performance space; we will investigate the way each of us move, and, moving away from habit towards conscious purpose, finding a unique and authentic style; we will look at the role of gesture and how imaginary spaces are created and sustained physically; and we will explore the different bodies of narrator and character.

Aimed at all spoken word performers, storytellers and poets with a thirst for adventure, the emphasis in the workshop will be on playfulness, creativity and exploration.

 Cost: £290

‘The Three Pillars of Storytelling’ with Nick Hennessey

28th August – 1st September 2019

The workshop is for storytellers who already have experience of performing traditional stories to public audiences, and depends on each participant having a basic repertoire of stories, ideally a variety of folk tale, wonder tale and myth.

The first day will be spent working with physicality, exploring the ways the body moves, what its potential is, from full capacity to the smallest gesture, investigating what is appropriate for different contexts and styles.

The second day will be focused on language and the voice, broadening vocabulary through explorations in alliteration, rhythm, and looking briefly at song.

The third day will be spent looking at different kinds of story and their structures, learning how to find the pulse and pivot points.

The fourth day will be a chance to put into practice everything we’ve explored, finding how the three pillars underpin service of the story.

With the Lakeland Fells on our doorstep we will take one day to venture out amongst the mountains and becks, finding the elemental forces in our bodies, words and stories.
Cost: £290

Each course needs a minimum of 8 participants to run, so if you’re interested please put your name down as soon as possible. Of course, if you’d like to know more drop us a line.