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Summer hols

Well nearly .....  what to tell you? Alive And Kicking is planning the autumn schedule for Gawain And The Green Knight, for Lighthouse Island and The Bottom of The Bottom of The Bottom of The Sea, and Emma is on with creating new designs. Martin is writing, thinking and planning a journey to the far north of the land. Luke and Carry are off on their hols, I'm having the biggest cup of tea while my fingers crash away with these words and what about you? Blog back if you would like to reply. If not - see you when we do.
 
JM

A bit smelly!

Today Alive And Kicking Theatre Company tidied their rehearsal room! Interesting growths in the mugs in the sink! Luke and Kathryn nearly got sunstroke working The Museum Of Untold Stories in the outdoors of Leeds at the weekend and Steve Aal saw all the weekend performances! Now on with growing the 2013-2014 shows.
 
JM

This weekend

MoUS and MoUSlets at Seacroft and Gipton Galas. Free entry!
 

A MoUSlets Thank You

Headingley Youth Music organisers have written to thank Martin for his MoUSlets at their Festival. The Leeds Inspired MoUSlets went down a storm. Here's what they say ......
 

"I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for your contribution to the Music Festival. It had a really good feel and it was lovely to see the kids getting stuck in to the stories :)

I really appreciate all the work you put into getting the sessions together - and I hope you'll be happy to do it all again next year!"

You can catch them at the Seacroft and Gipton Galas on July 6 and 7. Free entry
JM

News of what was and what next

 
The Museum Of Untold Stories finishes its current school run and we say goodbye to Will Tristram who has been touring with the company in this second phase of MoUSing. Thank you  Will. The festival version with Luke and Kathryn will be at Seacroft and Gipton Galas on July 6 and 7 where it will be accompanied by MoUSlets, tale telling from Martin, describes MoUSlets as "two interactive and entertaining tales each lasting about 30-40 minutes, depending on how carried away we get.

Chanticleer and The Fox This is a fable from France, retold by Geoffrey Chaucer as The Nun’s Priest’s tale and now re-re-told by me. There’s a fox and a cockerel and a hen and a farmer called Marie and her daughter and a cow and a bee – and a whole lot more noisy characters. There’s a mouse in this story but it just squeaks a bit.
The Mouse who Jumped. This stars a little mouse in a big way. It is adapted from a Native American story about the travels an inquisitive and adventurous mouse who leaves Cheese-town on a journey of discovery to find the famous and fabulous Misty Mountain. It’s a mouse-changing adventure!"
JM

 

Today Saturday June 15

 
Martin Riley story maker and story teller in Leeds Inspired MoUSlets at the Headingley Youth Music Festival at Shire Oak Primary School
1.00 Chanticleer and The Fox This is a fable from France, retold by Geoffrey Chaucer as The Nun’s Priest’s tale and now re-re-told by Martin. There’s a fox and a cockerel and a hen and a farmer called Marie and her daughter and a cow and a bee – and a whole lot more noisy characters. There’s a mouse in this story but it just squeaks a bit.
3.00 The Mouse who Jumped. This stars a little mouse in a big way. It is adapted from a Native American story about the travels an inquisitive and adventurous mouse who leaves Cheese-town on a journey of discovery to find the famous and fabulous Misty Mountain. It’s a mouse-changing adventure!

MoUSlets at Headingley Youth Music Festival

 
Just one week to go now until the music festival. Martin Riley will be MoUSLetting in the company of Headingley Youth Music Festival at Shire Oak Primary School on Saturday June 15 where he'll be alongside .....
 A scratch orchestra for anyone who has been learning their instrument for a year or more
iPod/iPad workshop (bring one with Garageband or Figure preloaded, if possible)
DJ drop in workshop
Djembe drumming circle
Performances by up and coming young artists like Dylan Brierley, and complete unknowns performing for the first time
Music making for small children
MOUSlets – a festival friendly version of the Museum of Untold Stories theatre
ROCK SCHOOL – there may be one or two places left at 12:00 on Saturday
Try out a new instrument stall
Ice cream van, bouncy castle and bouncy slide
Futsal
All the fun of a summer fair
 
JM

Diving to the Bottom Of The Sea .....

..... at Ingram Road Primary tomorrow Wednesday June 5 with 20 reception children and some of their family members. Hope you've got your flippers!
 
JM

2013 - 2014 portfolio

 
Listening to teachers, children and heads, we’ve heard that you would like us to bring material in for the younger ones as they make their own stories and look at traditional tales. So our Reception, Yr 1 and Yr 2 workshop adventures of To The Bottom Of The Bottom Of The Bottom Of The Sea, and Lighthouse Island combine an Alive And Kicking story making approach with the telling of traditional tales. We specialize in bringing tales to life from an unexpected angle – we meet Cinderella through the eyes of Doris the Door Keeper, Shirley the Village Hairdresser tries to measure the length of Rapunzel’s hair, and together we tiptoe into Sleeping Beauty’s bedroom. We can devise new approaches to other tales you are telling if you’d like more.
Lots of schools have asked us to return with Gawain and The Green Knight and Granny’s Underground Garden as they have already worked with these two shows and are prepared to extend the work right through their KS2 curriculum. These two tried and tested pieces form the backbone of our primary schools work. In Gawain we follow the journey of Arthur’s youngest knight accompanied by his trusty squire Gwyneth, and in Granny we save the world from The Worzlum. 
Here’s what we have on offer ….
For Reception classes - The Bottom Of The Bottom Of The Bottom Of The Sea and Traditional Tales available from September 2013 to July 2014
For Yrs 1 and 2 Lighthouse Island available from September 2013 to July 2014
For Yrs 3 and 4 - Granny’s Underground Garden available from January 2014 to July 2014
For Yrs 5 and 6Gawain and The Green Knight available from September 2013 to March 2014 and perhaps on into the summer of 2014

Story writers from Shire Oak

Many thanks to the children of Shire Oak Primary in Headingley who have been busy publishing their stories online for the Museum of Untold Stories. Great to read all of your adventures. If you want to read the stories, go to the Children's tab and click on all of the objects on the MOUS page. Let us know which story you think is the best. 
 

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