Being Great Storytellers

Calling all performance makers! Join us for our new training programme and make your best, boldest, and most robust work yet.


About the event

Calling all Bradford performance makers! Join us for our latest training programme to become great storytellers, with a bursary to support you to do it!

Bradford is blessed to have a wealth of talented performance-makers across the district. If you’re making performance of any kind, our latest training programme Being Great Storytellers is for you! Being Great Storytellers is part of our Creative Quality Series which is designed to inspire, connect, and develop the rich talent of performance makers across Bradford in readiness to create amazing work as we become the UK City of Culture 2025*.

About being great storytellers

Being Great Storytellers is a series of three workshops for performance makers to explore what it takes to tell great stories. Although you may work with writing and scripts, this is not a writing course. It’s about bringing brilliant stories to life for audiences.

This training programme will provide support, tools, and approaches for you to be ready to make your best, boldest, and most robust work yet. You’ll take part in practical, hands-on sessions led by highly respected artists with years of experience making work. They’ll share lots of tips, techniques and ways of working that you can use in your practice right away. There’ll also be space to reflect, imagine, and be inspired about the kind of work you want to make.

Application Deadline

Wednesday 3 May 2023 at 11pm

How to apply

If you would like to join us, please apply via the green button below. Registration closes on Wednesday 3 May at 11 pm. We will confirm your place via email by Friday 5 May, please pencil the training dates in your diary in the meantime. To help you prepare you application in advance, you can find the application questions in our FAQ section below.

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Being Great Storytellers Training Sessions:

Getting to grips with dramaturgy with Suzanne Bell

24th May, 10am – 3pm

This session will cover:

  • What is dramaturgy?
  • How to use the principles in your practice
  • How to work with an outside eye and how to develop a better critical eye for your own work and that of others

Thinking big and being ambitious with Dawn Walton OBE

8th June, 10am – 3pm

This session will cover:

  • Giving yourself permission to be ambitious
  • Strategic thinking – what’s the plan?
  • Building capacity and leading the right team

Making it work with Daniel Bye

21st June, 10am – 4pm

This session will cover:

  • Principles of effective editing
  • Asking the right questions and making the tough calls
  • Editing in a collaborative process

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