Creative Arts are the glue that makes learning fun. The Arts Council of Wales through their Lead Creative Scheme has been promoting creative practitioners to go into schools and share their creative practice. As a storyteller I have been benefitting from this project. I continue to work with dozens of schools using storytelling in a creative, collaborative, and fun-filled endeavour with the objective of raising oracy levels, reading and writing, and confidence building. These efforts are in line with the requirement by the Welsh government’s curriculum for the study of English Key Stage 2-4.
These workshops and performances I conduct are immersive and interactive. Here are some pictures from some of the schools I have worked with.
Love Zimbabwe launched its 9th year Wales Fair Trade Fair at Abergavenny and Brecon on the 3rd and 4th of October 2015. The event was a big success. In my capacity as a storyteller, I took part in both events sharing stories with children and adults who attended. At the official opening of the Abergavenny fair, Martha Musonza Holman shared a smile with her husband David Holman whilst the leader of the Green Party Pippa Bartolotti cut the ribbon. Also officiating was councillor Martin Hickman. The hardwork that Love Zimbabwe does can be seen on http://lovezimbabwe.org/
Pippa Bartolotti , leader of the Green Party, myself and Councillor Martin Hickman.
This one-off event took place at Butetown History and Arts Centre in Cardiff on the 18th of June 2015. Eric Ngalle Charles of Black Entertainment Wales brought artists together. This was a memorable night of poetry, storytelling and music. The poetry and storytelling from Eric Ngalle had intellectual bite whilst the music from the highly talented upcoming artists King Jaguar and Carlton Curtis was enchanting and revolutionary.At this event I shared with the audience some folktales including How The Cat Became A Woman’s Best friend. This show is bound to remain in my long term canon as one of my best collaborations ever.
When it comes to real happiness and the satisfaction of one’s soul, nothing comes closer to working hands-on in the community. Bringing a smile on an old person, a youth or children in schools to me is my reward for ding what I do. The months of October to December 2014, in my capacity as Lead Storyteller at Magmatic Stories, I enjoyed performing and conducting workshops with selected schools and youth groups in Cardiff.
In the National Theatre Wales production Bordergame, I played the character of a vicious and rogue security guard selling fake and stolen documents to migrants who intended to cross the border from NewK to the Autonomous Republic of Cymru. I loved this role so much that it took me a while to de-role myself after the production ended.
Water is the essence of life. Water is so soft and yet it can overcome rock. In water is memory that dates back to the origin of time. Our stories and ourselves flesh and blood are deeply rooted to water. Water Always Finds A Way is a storytelling performance sharing enchanting water stories.
This event was held at Butetown History and Arts Centre in Oct 2014
ZimVoices is an exciting and upcoming all female choral group with jiti and chimurenga vocal styles. Working with ZimVoices in their piece entitled A Day In An African Village was one of the most enjoyable experiences of 2014. Throughout the making of this piece, the members of ZimVoices sang, laughed, joked, prayed and time just flew past. When the big day for the performance came, laughter and jokes never ceased. The performance was held to a full house at The Borough Theatre in Abergavenny, Wales in Sept 2014. And I had the chance to chat and drink with mayor of Abergavenny, Martin Hickman.
Sting In The Tale is an annual world class storytelling festival held in Dorset. In Wimborne, Dorset UK, I enjoyed sharing with my young and old audiences traditional African folklore accompanied by mbira music provided by Ceri Ivins.
The month of June 2014 was abuzz with arts and cultural activities that celebrate the contributions of refugees to the UK and to bring awareness to why people seek asylum. In Wales, the Welsh Refugee Council organised activities around the city of Cardiff and Newport. For the Refugee Week, I performed at Cardiff library, Newport Leisure Centre and at the Sherman Theatre. The performance at Cardiff Library was a playful and humorous telling of traditional folklore that involve migration. At the Newpport Leisure Centre, the excerpt of The Hare and The Baboon performance received a standing ovation. The Sherman Theatre in Cardiff hosts a National Theatre Wales event Scratch That Itch. At the Sherman, I played mbira music and told a story. Other acts included drama and poetry. The Wales Millennium Centre also organised an event Finish The Story, where I teamed up with storyteller Nicky Delgado and poet Mab Jones.
The stories unravel at a children’s storytelling event in Cardiff. The children were inspired by tales from around the world. They loved the drumming, painting and music. This event was organised by Cardiff Council’s Neighbourhood Partnerships.