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and the somewhat startled but game to give it a go Graham Watt - fan of AAK, chicken and bee keeper, batsman and bowler of great reknown and sometime Oakwood Santa. How do I get him to stand up?
 
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Down in the market...

I wandered down to Kirkgate Market yesterday afternoon as I heard that The Museum of Untold Stories might arrive in search of stories. I love the market - and on a sunny Saturday it was thronging with the good folk of Leeds bustling and bargaining over broken biscuits, searching for chillis and sweet potatoes, mobile phones and haberdashery. I couldn't think of a better place for the Museum to go in search of a good story. And it didn't disappoint. From the moment the mechanic Watt appeared, a large crowd began to gather - drawn to the mysteries of a time space portal and the absurd pleasure of a stall selling nothing, simply giving away stories... What burst out of the time machine was 45 minutes of non stop, full speed ahead story telling and making..And when the broken crown was presented to the audience for a story, they weaved a wonderful tale of Queen Victoria and a one armed well mannered robber who came back to say 'Sorry'. 
Real theatre often happens not on the stages of our institutions, but alive on the streets. It is not carefully rehearsed and delivered at a distance but played out between the people - and when the often distinct line between audience and actor is crossed is when the real drama starts to happen. We are all players together... 
So, here's to Kirkgate Market, to the bravery of Unwinn Watt and Juniper Jacks for bringing us their Time Space Portal - and to the people of Leeds with a story to tell.
I'll be going back again on Tuesday. 

Tomorrow and next week too

 
Were you there for Santa Sets His Stall Out? Here's a pic to remind you ....
 
But now .......MoUS –The Museum of Untold Stories is on a mission… a mission to keep stories alive!
The Museum of Untold Stories goes wherever it is needed, searching for objects that have lost their story. In fact, it is coming to somewhere near you soon, and the Museum needs your help… so if you are walking through Leeds Kirkgate Market on Saturday Feb 16, Tuesday Feb 19, Thursday Feb 21 or Friday Feb 22 watch out for MoUS. MoUs is open at 1030 and 1330 each day in Unit K, 1904 Market Hall.
 
and it's a free event thanks to Leeds Inspired.
 
JM

And next please ....

 
MoUS –The Museum of Untold Stories is on a mission… a mission to keep stories alive!
 
Every object has a story. Some of them are old, some are magical, some of them are even a little bit dangerous - but all of them have one thing in common in MoUS: they have all lost their stories! Nobody knows why it happens; it’s just one of those things, like nobody knows why we dream, or why toast always lands butter side down if you drop it.  One minute the story is there, the next, whoosh! It just ups and disappears.
 
The Museum of Untold Stories goes wherever it is needed, searching for objects that have lost their story. In fact, it is coming to somewhere near you soon, and the Museum needs your help… so if you are walking through Leeds Kirkgate Market on Saturday Feb 16, Tuesday Feb 19, Thursday Feb 21 or Friday Feb 22 watch out for MoUS. MoUs is open at 1030 and 1330 each day.
 
JM

Resource Pack for The Museum Of Untold Stories

The updated resource pack, all seven sections of it, is now live on the Teachers page. If you are a teacher looking to download the pack please find the password in your teachers' briefing pack which will be sent to you when you confirm your booking.
 
JM

MoUS refit

McFugger and Freitag are working on the space time portal that is the Museum Of Untold Stories even now. Your chance to see their work and to meet Mutha's staff is on Saturday February 16th February and on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday the 19th, 21st and 22nd in Kirkgate Market Leeds City Centre. If you are shopping, stop and get investigating!
 
JM

Well done the children of Parklands!

Grimknickers up in smoke but we still need help from Clapgate, and lots of others too!
 
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Oh no Grimknickers is on the go again!

..... and rumour has it that unless Lorraine de Lisle finds the right children it will rain for ever in Lyonesse. Those of you who know what I mean will know what I mean!
 
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In rehearsal

Been a great week so far in the portacabin. The Museum of Untold Stories is evolving and finding new and exciting forms...Here's Juniper practising her loop the loop!

The Museum Of Untold Stories .......

..... is off into rehearsal next week.
 
The company is Luke Dickson, Carry Franklin, Kathryn Hanke and Will Tristram and the show opens during the week beginning February 18 in Kirkgate Market, Leeds. They'll be joined by Deborah Pakkar-Hull with her outside director's eye. 
 
We've already toured the show to primary schools and now we are developing it for Leeds Inspired in some unusual places for a family audience - and we'll continue to work in schools too.
 
If you'd like to book MoUS please contact us at aliveandkicking@ntlworld.com
 
JM

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