Sunday, 23 August 2009

Cow tales!

We were working on a cow theme at the Clyst Heath Play4Free day. Jo was making potato cows and I was telling cow tales.

It is interesting how stories will expand or contract depending on the audience. Over the 3 hour session I must have told the Punjabi story 50-50  5 or 6 times and each telling changed emphasis and content. It is a good way to get a feel for how a story can work and which are the best ones for a particular time. It is good catching the parents as they listen alongside their children. 50-50 was joined by an Irish Tale of cow rustling by a the one eyed giant Balor, the lying cow of Nigeria and the Cow and the Tiger from India in which the love of the cow for her calf conquers the hunger of the tiger. Sometimes a stories message is clear and other times it lies hidden waiting for discovery. 50-50 certainly generated the most discussion with its theme of  fairness!

Pigs and oats next time in Exwick on the 28th August for the last of the Play4Free events.

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