Thanks to receiving a Creative Scotland grant I was able to embark on a project with P5/6 in Kilbarchan Primary School which spanned two months, along with singer songwriter Ewan McVicar.
During the month of September every Tuesdday and a few more sessions towards the end I worked with the class on becoming oral storytellers.
They learnt about Kilbarchan’s rich history and then embarked on retelling a local legend about “How the Clocoderick Stone came to be in a Kilbarchan field”.
They performed the story to the whole school on 22nd September in groups of three and four to one primary class at a time.
Then they created new stories about how the Stone got there.
Ewan then took two workshops during which the pupils learnt something about KIlbarchan’s rich heritage of song and ballad.
They created two songs for the performance of “Warp & Weft – Kilbarchan Woven in Story & Song”. Each child will receive a CD of their stories and songs. Thanks go to the Head Teacher Liz Sommerville and the class teachers Fiona Crawford and Lynn Kerr whose enthusiastic support made the school part of the project a joy to do.
“Warp & Weft – Kilbarchan Woven in Story & Song” was performed on 24th October in the Performing Arts Centre in Kilbarchan’s historic Steeple Square. Anne’s telling of the Clochoderick Stone sotry was influenced by P5/6’s telling and the two songs were sung on the night
On November 9th a mini- Warp & Weft was performed by Anne and Ewan to the whole school with P5/6 songs being sung “Long ago and nowadays” and “Lilias Day”
It has been a wonderful experience. The pupils of P5/6 were asked what they liked about their experience
Zoe “My favourite part was that everything Anne taught us helped us to be true storytellers. To confronting fears, expectations of myself, performing, actions, voices and having a good time. She also taught us that storytelling isn’t boring by making it a fun way to act.
Lily “I liked it because it was fun but I was learning at the same time
Cara ” I liked performing in front of the school”.
When asked how it helped them
Rowan “I find it easier to remember stories
Daisy “It helped me with my confidence”
Archie “It has made me more brave”
Bo “I found it useful because I am usually shy but now am not because of storytelling”
Robbie “It helped me with stage fright