Artwork of a boys imagination.
Monday 10 July 2017 18:00 to Wednesday 12 July 2017 18:00

The act of getting up in front of a group of people and sharing an experience or personal story can be both scary and self-affirming; it can also teach you a lot about yourself and how you relate to others. Storytelling is a unique way for children and adults to develop understanding, respect and appreciation for other cultures and beliefs, and can promote a positive attitude to people with different experiences.

The three day storytelling workshop will not only create space for personal expression and reflection, but also introduce participants to the basics of acting. Using the Storytelling format for performance-making, the sessions will place emphasis on understanding the basics of performance, finding inspiration from your own life or the world around you and create dramatic moments that will be shared with the larger group. Through structured sessions participants will be exposed to strategies for interacting sensitively with peers and reflect on methods of communicating with others. The exercises will also discuss what it means to be sensitive to the people around us, as well as our own emotional needs and impulses.

Floating Space’s Storytelling workshop has been designed and refined over many years in our work with communities of children and adults both in Sri Lanka and India. This workshop is presented as part of our time spent at the British Council as Artists in Residence.

Dates: 10 - 12 July  2017
Time: 04.00 p.m. - 07.00 p.m.
Venue: British Council Library, Colombo 03
Age: 12 and above
Price: Rs. 1500/- per individual workshop
           Rs. 4000/- for the full three sessions. 

Remember to wear comfortable clothing that will not restrict your movement. Workshops are three hours in duration, depending on the age group. Please bring a water bottle and a snack should you need one.

Please note that this workshop is open to a limited number of participants. Call 0773020269 for more information.


Image of Jake Oorloff

Jake Oorloff

Artistic Director, Floating Space Theatre Company

Jake is a performance artist and theatre practitioner. In 2014 he created Othered Histories, a commissioned performance that opened the Live Art Segment of the Colombo Art Biennale. Recent work as a playwright/director include Forgetting November, The War Reporter and My Other History – the latter, created as recipient of the Sunethra Bandaranayke Trust Grant for new theatre-making. 

A co-founder of Floating Space Theatre Company, Jake Oorloff has served as its Artistic Director since establishing the company in 2007. He also works in applied theatre contexts using theatre to work with communities of adults and children in situations of conflict, healing and personal empowerment.