Welcome to A Word In Your Ear. We are all about all about stories. Stories read on stage, stories made into plays, stories hidden in the woods, stories recorded so you can listen when you’re on the move.
Gather round the campfire for some spooky stories, if you dare! We are thrilled to be back at the Packhorse in Southstoke on Thursday October 28th, 7.00pm. Limited numbers, get in touch to make sure your name is on the list. We’ve got some fantastic chilling stories from Clare Reddaway, Doc Watson and Stephanie Weston. It’s lovely to be telling stories live again, do come and join in! **SOLD OUT!** But we are operating a waiting list, so get in touch if you’d like to be in the queue!
Creative Writing Weekend at the Mission Theatre Upstairs. Unleash your inner darkness… Learn how to terrify, thrill and intrigue your audience or readers, and create a shiveringly scary story or script in a weekend of fearsome writing workshops. 30-31st October, 10.30-4.30pm. Course fee £50. Full information here. Book on Eventbrite here. **Last two spaces available!**
Clare is delighted to have been asked to create a brand new Story Walk for the Clifton Literary Festival on 13th November. We’ve got an overworked waitress, a whiff of the USSR and a Golden Age Hollywood star in four stories inspired by the history, architecture and contemporary life of Clifton Village. Meet at 11.00 am outside Clifton Library, Princess Victoria Street, Bristol BS8 4BX. Spaces are limited, tickets are £11.37, book here. She is also running a workshop on Writing Short Fiction for the Clifton Lit Fest, on Saturday 13th November at 1.30. Tickets are £11.37 and you can book here.
Clare has scheduled loads of new writing workshops for the autumn. Have a look at the smorgasbord of delights here. You can book individual workshops on Eventbrite, or contact Clare to block book. All workshops and groups are currently beautifully social distanced on zoom.
This group is going from strength to strength. Curl up on your sofa and join some like-minded mates to have a good old chinwag about stories. We are starting again in September. For autumn dates and more info click here.
In 2019 we teamed up with Bathscape Walking Festival to create a story walk around Bath. We planned to create a new one in 2020, but it proved too complex due to Covid 19. So we’ve put 2019’s story walk online, for everyone to enjoy! We’ve filmed writers and actors in situ, and given a sense of the location, so you can enjoy the walk at home – or you can take the walk around Bath and enjoy it for free at your leisure. You can find the story walk here, there is more information about our walk, the stories and the writers, this year and last year, here.
We had a magical evening telling stories in the stables of a farm just outside Bath this July. It was wonderful to be back in real life, and we had a large and appreciate audience. To find out more about the event and who was reading, click here.
A Word In Your Ear and Kilter Theatre are pleased to present Storyopathy – a new concept in storytelling. We ran the project live online in March and April. We are now available for bespoke therapies by arrangement. Please get in touch if you are interested.
FESTIVE DOORSTEP STORIES In December, A Word In Your Ear and Kilter Theatre created Festive Doorstep Stories, an event where traditional carol singing met Story Deliveroo. Orders were made from a ‘Story Menu’, and an actor delivered a personal story reading to individual households around Bath. Our audiences loved it:
“Our Festive Story evening was a triumph.”
“Loved it – so good to see a live performance – and our actor was great and the stories splendid.”
“It was such fun – Kirsty was brilliant! A very special thing that got us in a festive mood.”
This event was charming and joyous – our little audiences were hugely appreciative and delighted by the performances. Olly and Kirsty, our actors, came away laden with mince pies, mistletoe, cookies and even a bottle of bubbly. Households gathered in gardens and streets, with neighbours, children and family members. Performances were booked as gifts (one a 91st birthday present), as tiny get togethers and celebrations. One of the most memorable performances took place in a stable. The horses were very attentive – during a story by Mark Rutterford, I Will If You Will, the narrator places her finger on her true love’s lips. One of the horses gave the most excellent and well-timed snort!
Here are a few photos:
STORY FRIDAYS Live short stories, freshly written, wonderfully performed – A Word In Your Ear runs Story Fridays with Kilter Theatre in our local town, Bath, here in Somerset. During the lockdown, we have gone online. We’ve created a new YouTube channel and we’re filling it with stories. Tune in for some fantastic, brand new stories, beautifully written, brilliantly read!
Our latest Story Friday is A Breath of Fresh Air. We went live with the stories on 5th June, The stories remain on Youtube for you to watch and listen to at any time. You can also watch our first three batches of stories on the theme Dark Clouds Silver Linings. We have now recorded 27 stories for you to enjoy!
A Word In Your Ear was delighted to be involved in the first Bath Radio Literature Festival. Connections was on-air in the afternoons from 20th-24th July 2020. There were a host of stories and conversations for you to enjoy, some of which are now available on the Bath Radio website. Click here to have a listen.
Some past events:
STORY SATURDAY Clare Reddaway invites fellow writers to read a selection of their stories at Clifton Library Bristol as guests of Foccal. In March Clare was joined by Story Friday favourites Stephanie Weston and Stephen Tuffin. This was a rumbustious evening with some fabulous stories. We hope to get back to Clifton Library in the future. For information on past Story Saturdays click here.
STORIES AROUND THE FIRE For our first event at The Packhorse in South Stoke, Clare Reddaway, Mark Rutterford and Elaine Miles read stories specially selected for this atmospheric venue. The evening was a huge success – the room was packed out, and the audience loved listening to stories with a glass of Packhorse beer in hand. We hope to be back at the Packhorse soon.
LITTLE POTATOES is a powerful, bitter-sweet comedy-drama set in China, about marriage, motherhood and family planning. After very successful runs in Edinburgh and at the Old Red Lion in London, Little Potatoes toured with the uber-cool Nomad Festival, as part of Taking Flight, their new writing event. Little Potatoes was staged in the New Forest, Cheltenham and at the Buxton Fringe.
FORAGED FICTIONS Last July, Kilter Theatre and A Word In Your Ear joined forces to create a promenade collection of site-responsive stories at Prior Park.”This is a production of an originality that expands the boundaries of what is considered theatre. One hesitates to use the adjective ‘magical’, but this is a unique experience that echoes in the memory for long afterwards.” [***** Theatre Bath]
As part of the Frome Festival, we performed at the Tin Church, Brokerswood, where we told some Tales for a Tin Tabernacle, lit by candles and oil lamps, surrounded by fields, with the Westbury White Horse in the distance. With Foraged Fictions, this made for two wonderful summer events.
Get in touch if you’d like to be involved.
Pics from STORY FRIDAY 2018:
We’ve worked with some fab people over the years. We’d like to say particular thanks to:
Clare’s show Long Story Short will be at the Bath Fringe 2020
We’d like to thank the Engage programme at the Theatre Royal, Bath, for their collaboration on Story Friday Journeys.
We’d like to thank The Cleveland Pools Trust for their support in putting on Story Fridays Goes Swimming.
We’d like to thank Bath and North-East Somerset Libraries service for their continuing support of Story Fridays, and in particular reader-development officer June Wentland. If you are in Bath, you can often see information about upcoming Story Fridays in the glass Library display case at the top of the Waitrose elevators.
A Word In Your Ear is proud to have been funded by Bath and North East Somerset Council.
We were thrilled that the stories and photographs from Story Fridays Goes Swimming became part of Fringe Arts Bath’s ‘To Bathe’ exhibition, curated by Chloe Scholefield. The stories perambulated around Bath in Chloe’s bathing hut – and will be seen and heard throughout the summer in Bath. Catch ’em if you can.
SOME PHOTOS OF STORY FRIDAYS:
STORY FRIDAY TOMORROW:
STORY FRIDAY FOOLS:
STORY FRIDAY GOLD
Thank you to photographer Elaine Hicks.
STORY FRIDAY HARVEST:
(Thank you to photographer Elaine Hicks)
STORY FRIDAYS GOES SWIMMING
The Pools looked very pretty for Story Fridays Goes Swimming.
The bunting cast coloured shadows.
For more photos click here.
Here’s some Noir-ish photos from Story Friday Noir:
Here’s a flavour of Story Friday Mars:
These images were taken by photographer Ben Langdon. Visit his website here.