Wow, that was a cold performance. I was warned by the Friends of St Lawrence that the church was chilly, and the 13 audience members were well wrapped up. What a day for my hot water urn to fail though, so unfortunately there were no hot beverages on hand, but plenty of stories, biscuits, and interesting questions, and luckily the venue was absolutely beautiful with its medieval wall paintings. It was a great privilege to tell the stories of Milton Keynes in such a place.
Despite the cold people the audience seemed to enjoy the stories and stuck around to engage in the Q&A session.
I find it quite tricky to switch from storytelling mode to question mode, but the Q&A sessions are becoming as enjoyable as the telling because in the telling I am sharing the stories of Milton Keynes and hoping it is engaging people, but the questions I get asked show people are engaging with the stories, and further more want more information.
Despite the chill the Q&A still ran to maximum time, but I was glad to pack up today and go and find warmth.
Once I thaw out perhaps there will be more to be said.
Sometimes known as storyteller Red Phoenix, Terrie has been a storyteller since 2004, and run her own storytelling and performing arts company since 2007. In 2016 she began a PhD in applied storytelling and heritage exploring how storytelling as heritage can impact on the sense of place experienced by residents in Milton Keynes in England.