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image for Workshop/Course item typeStorytelling Performance Intensive at The Bleddfa Centre

Workshop/Course, Thu 26 - Sun 29 Jul 2018, £265-£280

Bleddfa Storytelling Participants 2017

Bleddfa Storytelling Participants 2017


A shorter and more intense course than the traditional Bleddfa Week of Storytelling with an emphasis on performance skills and presentation.

This course is for you if you tell regularly and would like to make your performances more vivid, dynamic and varied. We will be working on freeing the body and voice so we can fully inhabit the story we are working on and bring it to life for an audience. You will be given the opportunity to hone and develop some core creative strategies for storytelling as well as consciously develop your own practice as a storyteller.

We will model a clear, effective and storyteller-friendly feedback process and start consciously using physicality, voice and space in order to tell with more ease and spontaneity. The course will expand the participants’ technical vocabulary and deepen the practical understanding of their craft.

Bring a story or a part of a story you are working on. You will focus on this material for the duration of the course.

There will be ample time to work in smaller groups and pairs as well as a chance to tell to the whole group at the end of the course (max 15 minutes each).

Places are limited to 12 participants. First come first served so book early to avoid disappointment!

Course Tutors:

Michael Harvey tells stories and leads workshops all over the world. He was part of the team that created the award winning Hunting the Giant’s Daughter, has been awarded a Major Creative Wales Award that allowed him to work with the Labo group at La Maison du Conte Storytelling Centre in Paris. His directing credits include Dominic Kelly’s The Hero Light.

Hazel Bradley has co-facilitated the annual Bleddfa Storytelling Week since 1999 with Michael. She is an experienced workshop leader, a trained speech and drama teacher and movement and drama therapist. She has worked with stories all over the world and in a variety of settings, especially with adults with learning difficulties.

Feedback from the 2017 course:

Although it is a very full weekend (clue’s in the title) there was a feeling of spaciousness and everything seemed to be given enough time. I want to come back next year. The content’s great and will bear even greater fruit with revisiting.

The focus on passion and being truly passionate about the story. Encouragement to stay in difficult places. Opening of huge horizons really rigorous approach to practice very clear and doable introduction to peer feedback.

Brilliant. Loads of moments of insight from peers and course tutors. Amazing to have the chance to learn from skilled facilitators in company of peers who share the same storytellling language

Great exercises and techniques delivered in a relaxed and energized manner in a beautiful space. Enjoyed every moment. Permission to ‘be messy’, make mistakes etc was really useful. Supportive and positive atmosphere.

A great opportunity to put learning into practice and a safe place to feel supported to take risks and make mistakes

the difference…Now I understand the process of and techniques used to bring the character and actions to life. Opened the horizons of the story and also of my storytelling skills. We were given concrete, particular skills to sharpen and focus rehearsal
…telling with the story in my physical body and telling less from the neck up. Greater confidence and enjoyment. Courage, thoughtfulness and passion for story. I have found much greater freedom in my voice and confidence is the product of that freedom. Taught me use of description, action, gaze, gaps

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 26 - Sun 29 Jul 2018
We will start around 4pm on the first day depending on people’s trains etc and will finish with a shared lunch together on the Sunday. In order to get in as much teaching and play as possible it is recommended that participants sign up for evening meals with our marvellous caterers.


£265 Early Birds (if booked by 30th March)
£280 thereafter


Sarah Pearson

01547 550377


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