South Korea may well be the most ‘wired’ country on earth but super-computer-literate Koreans are still quite likely to believe that spirits exist in every part of nature, and see nothing unusual in seeking guidance from stories. From his recent research at The National Centre for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, Sef Townsend brings stories that are, as Koreans told him they should be, “Earthy stories of fun-satire-&-instruction !”.
When and where?
“Storytelling in Hope” Club Nights
17th February at the Old Bakehouse Theatre, behind the Reminiscence Centre, Blackheath Village, London SE3 9LA [Map]. Entrance via Bennett Park.
Transport: BR Blackheath. Buses 54, 89, 108, 202, 380, 386
The storytelling starts at 7:30, when Sef kicks off with a selection of stories from Korea. There will then be some “stories from the floor” with an oriental theme, and a refreshment break. A couple more stories from the floor, and Sef will then wrap up with some more Korean stories.
Sounds like a pleasurable way to spend an evening. Children are welcome, though maybe 7+ years old is best.
In addition, an article by Sef Townsend on Storytelling and Pansori in Korea is published in the Spring 2008 edition of Storylines the quarterly of the Society for Storytelling (available from their website, linked below).