Working in partnership with Scottish International Storytelling Festival (SISF), Sensing Stories is an opportunity for disabled people based in Scotland to develop storytelling skills and share their stories in a live setting.
Sensing Stories has been designed for aspiring disabled storytellers who might have one or more of the following interests:
- An interest in live performance, but not necessarily theatre
- An interest in developing a new artistic and life learning skill
- An interest in finding new ways of expression, be it personal or artistic
- An interest in engaging with a creative community and performance network throughout Scotland
Sensing Stories is led by professional storyteller Dougie Mackay
The theme of this project is Sensing Stories, using the five basic human senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, to inspire stories waiting to be told.
Sesning Stories is divided into two sections: Development & Performance
Development: Through a series of workshops, participants will learn some simple storytelling skills and gain the confidence to start their creative storytelling journey.
Performance: After completing the workshops, participants will be invited to share their work-in-progress stories at a closed event.
Storytelling is at the root of human connection. Our stories are the threads which connect us to each other, but are also expressions of our differences. Storytelling stimulates the imagination and builds a sense of community between tellers and listeners, helping us understand our environment and personal experiences. The stories of disabled people have historically been missing from Scottish culture – BOP and SISF are passionate about ensuring these stories are heard more widely.