Seeking pure imagination

There is nothing quite like losing yourself in a good book, but now families across County Durham can help shape the adventure as part of a virtual storytelling project

Durham County Council’s community arts team has teamed up with North-East theatre maker, writer and performer Ruth Mary Johnson and sound designer Nick John Williams for Story Team– an exciting project that tasks the audience with coming up with the next chapter.

On Tuesday, 5 May, at 2 pm a video of Ruth reading the opening of the story will be released on the council’s YouTube channel and shared on a special Facebook page here.

Families will then be invited to come up with suggestions for what happens next, either with a drawing, sentence or just a single word. Entries can be sent by email to [email protected] up until 12 pm on Friday, 8 May, when Ruth will bring all the ideas together for the next instalment of the story. This will be released on YouTube the following Tuesday.

This pattern will continue for four weeks and in each video, Ruth will share storytelling prompts and hints under a specific theme, with the first week focusing on building up descriptions of place. Throughout the process, families will also be encouraged to share ideas and chat about the project on the Facebook page.

The finished story will be released in full on YouTube on Friday 5 June, featuring sounds and video footage captured by members of the Story Team Facebook page.

Visit the Durham County Council YouTube channel here where you can also find our other amazing story telling sessions and activities with a host of different performers and artists.