Unforgettable: The Workshops
Thanks to Arts Council funding, the Unforgettable project has two FREE workshops on offer.
The first is The Gold Rolls Royce - a storytelling workshop that encourages participants to remember stories about unforgettable characters they have known, and to explore how those characters shaped their own lives.
The second is The Shape of a Life. Ruth reveals her formula for writing eulogies (stories told at funerals) and invites people to write their own. This is a powerful exercise. It’s not simply about looking back - it’s about looking ahead, and seeing how the time remaining may be best lived.
Do I have to attend both workshops?
No. You can attend just one. But the first is a perfect introduction to the second.
Can I do the workshops without seeing the show?
Do I need any special skills?
No. They are very warm and informal. You will not be required to stand up and tell a story.
WORKSHOP 1 - The Gold Rolls Royce
On our journey through life, we all meet ‘unforgettable’ characters who stay in our memories, even when they are no longer in our daily lives.
Why? It can be something they said, something they did, or simply the kind of person they were.
Family, work colleagues, teachers, friends, lovers, fleeting encounters (a stranger on a train, someone observed in a cafe) ... anyone can make a difference.
In this workshop, we will recall some of these characters, explore why we have remembered them and see how they shaped our lives. In exploring the lives of others, we always find ourselves.
Who is this workshop for?
~ Anyone interested in shaping and sharing family stories will find this very useful!
~ Anyone who is interested in discovering the shape and patterns of their own life will find it fascinating.
~ Budding authors will be interested in the exploration of narrative arcs.
Workshop leader: Cat Weatherill
Please note: We will be looking at people who have been unforgettable in a GOOD way. We will not move into the realm of therapy.
WORKSHOP 2 - The Shape of a Life
“On my family visits, one of the things I hear most is ‘I wish I’d asked more.’ I find it so sad that people are saying goodbye to a loved one, with no real idea of their history, the battles they fought, or even the reasons behind the decisions they made.
Understanding someone better is often the key to healing rifts, or getting other family members to talk to each other in more depth. For example – it only came to light when I was 23 that my mother had lost a baby before me – just one day before its due date! It had never been mentioned, and she’d carried this grief for decades. Once it was out in the open, it shed light on why my mother had been unable to show emotions or bond well with her children.
Alternatively, sometimes it’s important to capture a family story just as a historical document – something for future generations to read in order to gain a better understanding of their roots. This worked particularly well in a large Asian family I met, where the grandparents felt the younger generation were becoming complacent with the family money! They wanted the young ones to know the hardship they’d been through in order to provide the comfort, and hopefully to develop an attitude of gratitude, rather than entitlement!
This workshop will work on several levels, and participants can take from it what they need.
~ You’ll learn techniques to look beyond the obvious, and dig out more information to make a life story richer and rounder.
~ You’ll be introduced to more interesting effective ways to write the story. Nobody lives a bullet-point life, and everyone deserves better in its re-telling.
~ We’ll look at scene scetting, dialogue and how to find examples to underpin the information we’re talking about.
~ And ways to wrap up a story for ultimate impact.