We investigated how improvisation can help storytelling and writing with Walton Priory Middle School in Staffordshire.
Using professional actors, we led Year Eight pupils in a day-long improvisation and storytelling workshop.
We played storytelling gamed and explored live storytelling structures from the world of improvisation. Many of the ideas for this workshop were inspired by storytelling genius and author of Impro, Keith Johnstone.
Pupils improvised stories and then took notes. Staff commented on how free and imaginative the young people were, and how engaged the boys were in storytelling. Two pupils who regularly received learning support at school and who had great difficulty in writing found it very easy to tell stories in this format. They created one of the most inspired and imaginative stories we heard that day.
It was great to see how improvisation and live storytelling can enhance writing ability and enthusiasm for stories.
This project was made possible by the Arts Council’s Creative Partnerships scheme.