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

Story Roots

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 six care homes in Derbyshire. Storyteller Christine McMahon has been visiting the homes to tell and listen to stories with young people and staff since 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 project is being coordinated by our Participation Associate, Jan Reynolds.

In January 2018, the Story Roots project received significant funding from Arts Council England and the National Lottery and for this period has become, ‘Stars and Stories’. This exciting project designed by four Derbyshire care leavers allows young people, their carers, support staff and foster families across Derbyshire to take part in 12 months of stargazing and storytelling.

Inspired by the Adverse Camber production, Dreaming the Night Field: a legend of Wales, the four care leavers together with Royal Astronomical Society fellow and space journalist, Nick Spall and professional storyteller and writer, Maria Whatton helped to design the project that will culminate in a brand new performance to be performed at the Wirksworth Festival in September 2018.

Read more about Stars and Stories here.