Summer School courses 2016

both SS

Beyond the Border is offering two residential professional development courses for storytellers, from 28-30 June at St Donats Castle, Vale of Glamorgan, CF61 1WF.

From Shakespeare to Storytelling and back with Paola Balbi & Michael Harvey

After Ovid – Transforming narrative fragments into story with Roger Hill

From Shakespeare to Storytelling and back…

Performance workshop with Paola Balbi and Michael Harvey

Tues 28 – Thurs 30 June 2016
10.00am – 5.30pm daily

£200 including teas, coffees and lunch each day (bursaries available – see below).

Bed, breakfast & dinner from £25 a night.

To book your place, please complete the booking form below and return to

Shakespeare course information

Shakespeare booking form

A three-day intensive course taking the bard’s sources and plays and retelling them for storytelling. Course participants will explore Shakespeare’s texts, the stories that inspired him and how to develop a dynamic storytelling performance style. Shakespeare is probably the best known name in the history of world theatre however his plays are often viewed as daunting and difficult to approach. This course will look at how performers can confidently in-habit Shakespeare’s blank verse as well as returning to the stories that inspired him and his contemporaries – a vast inheritance of Classical Greek and Roman stories, the native folklore of the British Isles as well as popular European medieval and renaissance texts and religious narrative and symbolism. The course will explore issues such as where do the stories come from, who first told them and what is the relationship between Shakespeare and his contemporary storytellers. It will provide a unique opportunity to travel in the world of classical myths, medieval storytellers and their imagery and the chance to bring them to life on stage.

The course will be available at open and advanced level (see below for more details). Physical work is an important part of the course so please bring clothes that you will be comfortable mov-ing in.

Open course The open level course is aimed at all abilities. It is particularly suitable for teachers and students of English literature and drama, and anyone with an interest in performing the stories of Shakespeare.

Advanced course The advanced level course is aimed at those with previous storytelling experience. Participants wishing to enroll in this course must submit a storytelling CV with their booking form.

About the tutors
Michael Harvey and Paola Balbi are leaders in the European storytelling movement and are spearheading experimentation of Shakespeare into storytelling. This workshop has grown out of Paola and Michael’s ex-perience of creating the show Angerona, a retelling of Shakespeare’s long poem The Rape of Lucrece that com-bines Shakespeare’s own text with storytelling sourced by Ovid, Livy and other classical authors, which will feature at this year’s festival.

After Ovid – Transforming narrative fragments into story

with Roger Hill

 A course for anyone who is interested in story-development or has begun to adventure in sharing stories with others.

Tues 28 – Thurs 30 June 2016

Please note this course will begin on Tuesday 28th June in the evening (7-9pm) and will continue from 10am-5.30pm on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th June.

£200 including teas, coffees and lunch each day. Bursaries available – see below.

Bed, breakfast & dinner from £25 a night.

To book your place, please complete the booking form below and return to

After Ovid course information

After Ovid booking form 2016

The course will examine how stories grow and how we, as tellers, can allow the narrative principles in our lives and the wider world to shape that growth. We will be working with some short fragments of existing narrative to explore these ideas and then moving on to consider, and work with, narrative images from our personal experiences. There will be an emphasis on structure but also on the rhetorical devices which affect the tone as well as the shape of what we tell, and its memorability.

We will be making sense of the impossible, and giving free rein to the wayward outgrowths built into the ecology of story. There will be an opportunity to share at the end of the workshop and, if there is interest, in finalising some tellings for presentation at the wider festival.

About the tutor

Roger Hill has run the regular workshops and sharings for Liverpool Storytelling since 2009 and has recently contributed to national storytelling initiatives. He is a freelance director, performer, arts and education consultant, writer, lecturer and broadcaster. He has presented the nation’s longest running alternative music programme on BBC Radio Merseyside for nearly 35 years. Having played a prominent part in the development of Youth Theatre; he began his professional career at a director at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in the 1980’s.

He has taught Live Art at Liverpool Hope University, and his own Live Art work, as the performance “other”, Mandy Romero, includes positions as Associate Live Artist at the Liverpool Bluecoat Arts Centre, an Arts Council Fellowship in Live Art based at the Cable Factory in Helsinki, work with Tate Liverpool, and a series of photo-documented performance actions in the Pearl River Delta in Southern China. His recent work involves autobiographical performance pieces, and excerpts from his 40 years of diaries, “My Book Of Days”, are now published on Amazon Kindle.


Thanks to funding from the Foyle Foundation, we are able to provide a number of bursaries to participants aged 30 or under.

The bursaries will cover half of the course fees. If you wish to apply, please send us a covering letter explaining why you should receive a bursary, your CV confirming date of birth, any supporting material and your course booking form.

The closing date is 6 June. We will inform bursary recipients by mid-June.

If you have already booked on to a course, you can still apply for a bursary. If you are successful, we will refund half your course fees.

Booking deadline: 6 June 2016. Places are limited so early booking is strongly advised.