The Knot Festival | Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

UPDATE:

Due to the current circumstances, the 2020 Knot Festival has been postponed. We will be back though! We will update this page when a new date for the festival has been confirmed, and we look forward to welcoming you to the rescheduled festival.
Stay strong, stay creative, stay connected.

 Welcome to The Knot Festival 2020, a storytelling festival in Stafford bringing people together through arts and music.

We have a wonderful line-up of storytelling artists from England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, and an exciting schedule of events to choose from – or why not come to them all!

Until 30th March, you can purchase a Festival Pass to all festival events for just £30 here.  Festival pass holders will need to contact the Box Office to reserve a place at the events they wish to attend, as seats are subject to availability.

NOTE: tickets for individual events are not yet available, but will be on sale shortly.

You can follow updates via the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheKnotFestival/

 

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 

7pm Opening Gala

@ Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Ages: 14+
Tickets: £10
Duration: approx. 3 hours including two intervals

Stories That Inspired Shakespeare (7pm) – celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Stafford Shakespeare and the 7th anniversary of the Stafford Knot Storytelling Club, the Knot Festival will open with three oral traditional tales that Shakespeare might have listened to.

Tying Knots Through Stories and Songs (8pm) – arts unite all. A magical and heartfelt evening of stories and music from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Let your imagination travel to extraordinary landscapes, meet mythological characters, and listen to hilarious and moving tales. 

 

  9.30am Workshop

@ Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Ages: 16+
Tickets: £15 (max 30 people)
Duration: 1 1/2 hours, followed by a practical exercise outside, and a closing session at 2pm

Visual Stories

Create your own story with images and words. In this taster workshop, we explore stories and our surroundings from a visual perspective, finding the images in stories and the stories in images.

Using still photographs taken during the workshop and adding captions, participants will take part in fun and creative exercises that will help develop a story into a visual narrative. We will play with composition, framing and sequencing and you will have the chance to go out and practice capturing the images you will use.  

Who is it for: Over 16s and adults, no previous experience required, the workshop doesn’t focus on technical aspects of photography.

What to bring: a mobile phone that has a camera (SLR camera is not necessary, but you can bring it if you wish). Please dress for any weather.

10am  Workshop

@ Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Ages: adults
Tickets: £15

 

Words for Wellbeing 

We all love to listen to a story but what are the potential benefits of storytelling? Giving examples from her practice, Ruth Kirkpatrick will show how the ancient art of storytelling can provide a precious antidote to our digital world. Explore in an interactive workshop with a leading storyteller.

11.30am  Event for families/children

@ Rowley Park
Ages: all
Tickets: free
Duration: 1 hour, stay longer if you wish

Storytelling Walk in the Park

Enjoy a storytelling journey outdoors. Please dress for all weathers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Feel free to bring your own food and picnic in the park afterwards.

Event will be held at Rowley Park – meet at the carpark next to the playground, near the Averill Road entrance in Highfields.

2pm  Workshop

@ Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Ages: adults
Tickets: £15
Duration: 2 hours

Landscaping the Story 

‘Landscape’ is key to the potency of stories, and the relationship between the teller and the audience. This 2 hour workshop with Nell Phoenix is for storytellers with some experience who want to experiment with inspiring techniques for ‘seeing’ the story and exploring the emotional power of spaces. Through on-your-feet group exercises and solo work,  participants will hone habits which help to visualise and tell totally compelling stories.

Teaching storytelling is an important part of Nell’s work. She runs 10 week storytelling courses (5 courses: True Beginners to Unleashed) in London. She has devised workshops for storytellers, teachers, librarians, priests, children and young adults all over the world.

3pm  Lecture

@ Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Ages: all
Tickets: free
Duration: 1 hour

Why We Tell Stories, How Stories Change

Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms in human history. But why do we still do it, what purpose does it serve, how do tales travel, what can tale variants teach us? In an interactive talk, Candi Miller, lecturer in Telling Tales, tries to answer some of these questions. You are invited to bring examples of tales that have shifted over time and space, for us to mull on.

3pm  Show for families/children

@ Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Ages: all
Tickets: £5 (or 4 people for £15)
Duration: 1 hour

Jungle Boogie 

Let’s go on a journey to the end of the world and back! On the way we’ll meet leopards and lions, chickens and cheetahs; we’ll have lunch with the King of Scotland and sing songs with scruffy ponies. Featuring didgeridoo, drums, and more adventure and surprises than you can shake a snake at. A musical storytelling experience for the whole family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

4pm  Author Talk

@ Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Ages: all
Tickets: £5
Duration: 50 mins

The Bone Flute 

Comprising a powerpoint presentation, reading, live storytelling and Q&A. In the presentation Daniel talks  about his research, which has included a long period of martial arts training in Thailand as well as scuba diving, free-diving, and viewing Komodo dragons in Indonesia.

7.30pm  Show

@ Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Ages: 16+
Tickets: £10 (or book both evening shows for £15)
Duration: 1 hour

Celtic Tales from Ireland and Wales 

Steve Lally and Cath Little share stories, songs and poetry from their homelands.

9pm  Show

@ Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Ages: 16+
Tickets: £10 (or book both evening shows for £15)
Duration: 1 hour

Don’t Use the ‘F’ Word (fairy) 

These are fairy tales for fearless adults and not for the faint-hearted. So you thought they were fine, fay, fancy fairies? You were so wrong: They are fierce flirts and merciless mischief makers. One glance askance and you are done for. 

Ruth and Nell have dived deep into the mucky mire of folk and fairy tale to bring you a little closer to the fallen angels.

Ruth and Nell will tell tales and anecdotes from the nooks and crannies of Scotland and England (and maybe the back streets and gutters of an old London Town).