Complementing its touring programme, Adverse Camber runs projects connecting people with storytelling in creative and involving ways.

Story Roots and Stars and Stories

Storytelling in care homes across Derbyshire

In partnership with Derbyshire County Council’s The Virtual School, Adverse Camber is running a project exploring stories with young people and staff at care homes across Derbyshire. Storyteller Christine McMahon started visiting homes to tell and listen to stories with young people and staff in April 2015.

Christine McMahon, based in Hebden Bridge, is well known across UK storytelling for the warmth and wit of her stories, including her fantastic Festival at the Edge 2011 commission, Goosewing, and her many years of experience working with stories and young people, as well as her work with restorative justice. The Story Roots project is coordinated by our Participation Associate, Jan Reynolds.

In January 2018, Derbyshire Virtual School received significant funding from Arts Council England and the National Lottery for a creative project off shoot from Story Roots called, ‘Stars and Stories’. This exciting project was designed by four Derbyshire care leavers and enables young people, carers, support staff and foster families across Derbyshire to enjoy stargazing and storytelling over a 12 month period of creative activity, culminating in a special event at Wirksworth Festival 2018.

Stars and Stories was partly inspired by the Adverse Camber production, Dreaming the Night Field: a legend of WalesFour care leavers together with Royal Astronomical Society fellow and space journalist, Nick Spall and professional storyteller and writer, Maria Whatton saw the production in Aberystwyth. The opening section, which describes constellations in the night sky, related to mythical characters in the story, prompted the young people to dream up their own stories and uncover some of the science behind the stars.  A performance of of work which has developed though the project is scheduled for Saturday 15 September, 2018 at  Wirksworth Festival.