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image for Workshop/Course item typeFreeing the Storyteller's Voice at The Bleddfa Centre

Workshop/Course, Thu 12 - Sun 15 Jul 2018, £265-£280

Bleddfa Storytelling Participants 2017

Bleddfa Storytelling Participants 2017


A short course for storytellers with some experience, led by renowned storytellers Michael Harvey and Pauline Down.

The voice is at the heart of our storytelling practice yet many of us have a pretty meagre grasp on how to work with it and develop it. This workshop will equip you with simple and effective techniques and attitudes that will help you tell with resonance and spontaneity, make clear and supple contact with your audience and get more satisfaction and joy from your practice as a storyteller.

This is an experiential course that will transform your performances by giving you the tools to develop your own authentic and embodied storytelling voice in the company of two highly experienced performers and facilitators. We will be working on how we can actually make our voices clearer and more free and bringing the energy and flexibility of your voice into the heart of your storytelling. There will be a mixture of whole group, small group and partner work.

Please bring some story material to play with.

Course tutors:

Michael Harvey has worked all over the world telling traditional stories and leading workshops. His storytelling home turf is the physical and mythological landscape of Wales and he has worked extensively with the production company Adverse Camber touring the award winning show Hunting the Giant’s Daughter. He has won a Major Creative Wales Award and was a member of the 3rd Labo at La Maison du Conte storytelling centre in Paris.

Pauline Down is a voice teacher, singer and composer. She is a founder member of the Natural Voice Network and leads community choirs, holds individual and small group sessions for building confidence and vocal skills and is a leader in the field of singing and health. Pauline also has experience in theatre and performance and has a passion for performing poetry as well as close harmony a cappella singing, most recently with the Chalk Circle Collective.

Feedback from previous courses:

Storyteller Michael Harvey and singer/composer Pauline Down ran a superb workshop ‘Freeing the Storyteller’s Voice’. Michael and Pauline work so well together, passing the leadership of the group between them effortlessly…with lots of exercises to promote a relaxed use of the voice and to help an understanding of how the whole body is involved in voice production, as well as group games that brought out the playful side of performance, there was something for everyone, and by the end, many of us had got even more from it than we expected or hoped for. It seemed that everyone left feeling more confident and with new ideas to try out. (Cath Edwards – co-organiser Stafford Knot Storytelling Club)

My voice feels free at last!
Over many years I have done many courses. I do not remember anything better. Michael and Pauline’s depth of experience and watchfulness which is relaxing in the intensity of small group work. Very good support from teachers who explained clearly and helpfully.
Spontaneity and fun in practice

There was a great balance between structure and flexibility. A great opportunity to explore the complexities and depths of the voice and apply it to storytelling. A well facilitated course with movement, sound and laughter. Having both a singer and a storyteller as co-facilitators was great. It made for a more playful exploration of my voice and a solid focus on the breath. It’s a chance to step outside normal time and soak up stories in a playful, imaginative way. A complete delight – these kinds of courses feed the soul

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsPushchairs availableWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 12 - Sun 15 Jul 2018


Earlybirds £265 if booked by Easter; £280 thereafter.

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Sarah Pearson

01547 55037


Nr Knighton,



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Map reference: SO 204682  Lat: 52.30748 Long: -3.16521

The Bleddfa Centre is in the middle of Bleddfa village (OS2068), opposite the Hundred House Inn and next to the Church of St Mary Magdalene. The village is on the A488 between Knighton and Llandrindod Wells. The nearest station is in Knighton, on the Heart of Wales line.

Parking: free


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality