The Horse’s Mouth: Performing Stories

The Horse’s Mouth: Performing Stories

Who: Phil Spencer
Saturday 19 May, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$195; Member: $135; Conc Member: $120

Performance storytelling is growing in popularity, with many opportunities to perform stories live. Join acclaimed performer and storyteller Phil Spencer and sharpen your storytelling skills in this roll-up-your-sleeves one-day intensive, designed to turf writers’ stories out of their notebooks and fling them onto the stage.

The course will focus on personal stories and autobiographical tales (like those popularised by The Moth and Story Club) and foreground storytelling tips, comedy writing and performance techniques, provided in a supportive and rigorous environment. If you’re looking to swap your pen for a microphone, this course is for you.

Learning Outcomes

1. Performance technique
2. One-on-one editing advice
3. I’ll make you funnier. By at least 15%.

Participant Requirements
Bring a copy of one story (based on personal experience) to use in workshopping exercises, maximum 800 words.

About the tutor
Phil Spencer
has worked professionally as a writer, performer, director and creative producer. He was the recipient of the Peggy Ramsey Foundation Award for Writers and has been shortlisted for the Philip Parsons Playwright Award not once, not twice, but thrice (he still hasn’t won it – he’s pretty sure it’s rigged). Phil was the 2017 Griffin Studio Artist, and he is now co-artistic director of Sydney-based Tin Shed Theatre Company. He regularly performs at events such as Sydney Writers’ Festival, Story Club and The Moth, and he is a regular contributor to the radio show VERSUS on FBi (with Eddie Sharp) and ABC Radiotonic (without Eddie Sharp).


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