StorytellingTell me a story.

It’s one thing to tuck your daughter, nephew or sister into bed at night and read them a picture book, but it’s quite another to free form a story for them.

Have you ever tried?

While it might sound difficult, there is something freeing and whimsical about storytelling, which is perhaps why it has climbed the ranks of the underground art movement in Sydney in recent years.

Storytelling is a unique experience; any one that’s been to a telling will tell you.

In a different realm from a reading, telling involves weaving a story right before the eyes (or ears) of the audience. It’s engaging on a whole other level, with the stimulation of the teller’s voice through to their posture, their expressions and their gestures.

It gives depth to a story that can’t come from paper and still lets your imagination work out what the story looks, feels, tastes and smells like.

In the end, storytelling does not afford the safety net of editing that writing does, nor can you learn the lines like in a play.

There isn’t room for another take and it can’t be recorded again. Storytelling is all about being in the moment and that makes it one of the most challenging, but enjoyable types of art to create and to consume.

Resurgence of Story Telling
Source: Lucy Parakhina (Flikr)

In recent years Sydney has been awash with storytelling, from bars to factories and everywhere in between.

Renowned gatherings, such as Penguin Plays Rough  and Hermann Bar’s Story Club, are packed with interested crowds consisting of regular attendees and those who just want to find out what this storytelling thing is.

Alongside storytelling, poetry slams (the delinquent cousin of the poetry recital) have captured the attention of many night owls, continually shocking and rocking with unbelievable rhythm, rhyme and artistry.

Sydney is even home to the Australian Poetry Slam national final, showcasing new age literary genius, of which the audience is the judge.

Whether storytelling will go boom or bust is up to the winds of fate, but that doesn’t stop tellers or listeners from enjoying every minute of it today.

Published by Taylor

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