Participation

Ten Years East at the SBD Sharing Day

Part of this year’s A Season of Bangla Drama, Ten Years East celebrates a decade of our East storytelling project, with an evening of stories and songs. We have lots more to tell you about it over the next few weeks, but first we want to share a clip from the Season of Bangla Drama sharing day.

One of the great things about this festival is that all the companies involved get together for a day a month or so before the opening night to meet each other and learn about each other’s projects. It’s always a lovely event, and is part of what makes A Season of Bangla Drama such a fundamental part of our local arts community here in East London, and indeed the wider Bangla arts community in the UK. The photo above, by the ever-brilliant Rehan Jamil, is the official group photo.

This year, each company’s intro to the rest of the group was filmed by Seema Khalique and edited into a 30-second mini-film by Marble Sinew. Here’s ours:

If you’d like to come and see the show, it’s at 5:30pm on 19th November at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green. You can find out more and book your tickets here:

Welcome to Daedalus!

  • Saturday 05 August 2017, LBTH - Sef Townsend and Alia Alzougbi of East at Great Day Out at Victoria Park - Photo, Rehan Jamil

Express Yourself Through Stories

Do you like stories? And do you want to improve your confidence and communication? We’ve once again teamed up with the brilliant Sign For All, this time for a one-off session on storytelling for younger people. It’s a fun introduction to storytelling for BSL users and learners aged 14-18, taking place on Saturday 5th March 10.30am – 12 noon via Zoom.

The workshop will be facilitated by John Wilson, whose wide breadth of experience includes extensive work as a guide in museums, and Sef Townsend, an internationally celebrated storyteller. It will explore how we tell stories, not just with words but with our bodies, gestures and BSL.

Get in touch with Sign For All for more details.

We hope to see you there!

East Voices – now live!

The title says it. The East Voices digital series is now live, and you can watch here:

With stories both true and traditional from countries as diverse as Vietnam, Poland and Mauritius, and from voices that include first-time storytellers alongside experience professionals, the East Voices digital series truly reflects and celebrates the diversity and cultural richness of East London and beyond.

Do also keep coming back – there are more stories to be added. And please feel free to talk to us if you have a story to tell.

East on BBC London

Sef just did a fantastic interview on Jeanette Kwakye’s BBC London Radio show. You need to listen! It includes a clip from Michele Chowrimooto’s story, and some really brilliant observations from Sef about the role of storytelling, the importance of sharing stories across cultures, how the East Voices project works, and how to approach sharing your personal story for the first time.

Jeanette’s shows are great, but if you want to jump straight to Sef’s interview you can start at 01:36:38.

Go to East Archive for Michele’s story and many others.

You’re invited! East Voices Digital Series Online Launch Event

Stories and songs from London’s East End communities and beyond. This online event celebrates the launch of East Voices Digital Series.

Since June, Daedalus Theatre Company, in partnership with Numbi Arts, Bishwo Shahitto Kendro and Rua Arts, has hosted workshops and collaborated with East Londoners and a host of guest artists, to gather stories and music. We’re excited to now launch a series of storytelling videos hosted on the East Archive.

Intro to Storytelling – BSL workshop

We’re really excited to be teaming up with Sign for All for this workshop led by two amazing storytellers. Here are the details:

Date: Sat 9 October

Time: 10.30am – 12 noon

Location: Online via Zoom

What is it? A fun introduction to storytelling, exploring how we tell stories physically, with words and using BSL. This session will be BSL interpreted & facilitated by professional storyteller Sef Townsend and Deepa Shastri who is a Deaf theatre access consultant, BSL performer and presenter.

How to book: Contact info@signforallcommunity.co.uk to book your place and get the Zoom link.

EAST VOICES: Call-out for New Storytellers

Audio version of text:

A special welcome for BSL users:

Do you have a love of stories? Do you listen to stories and long to tell your own?

We are looking for East Londoners who want to learn the skills of storytelling. World-class professional storytellers Sef Townsend & Shamim Azad, alongside artistic director Paul Burgess, will guide you through a process to help you share a story which will be part of the East Voices Digital Archive.

East Voices offers new storytellers free coaching with three sessions including a one-to-one session. You will have the choice of sharing a traditional story from your own cultural heritage or to tell a story from your own lived experience. These stories will be recorded and shared on the East Voices Digital Archive.

Callout: East Voices Creative Assistant (closed)

East Voices Creative Assistant Callout: audio version

Please note: we’ve had a great a good response and have now closed this callout!


Our Creative Assistant will support the delivery of East Voices: A digital storytelling project

Fee:

£400 based on 4 days @£100

Timescale:

Pro rata with dates and times to be mutually agreed. The project will take place between June – September 2021.

East Voices: a preview

Thanks to our generous crowdfunders, we’ve made some great plans for East Voices, the next stage of our ongoing East storytelling project. We’re particularly excited to be partnering with BSK London and Numbi Arts to bring storytelling and story-sharing to an even wider range of people. The big idea behind East Voices is to test and then make available ways of working online, something we’ve never done with East outside of documenting our work on the East Archive. This approach allows us to continue doing our work of using stories to connect people and build bridges between communities, even as the pandemic drags on. That will all get underway soon. Watch this space!