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Folk and Fairy Tale Slam - "Mother Africa"

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Folk and Fairy Tale Slam - "Mother Africa"

Time: January 17, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: The Puppet Showplace Theatre
Street: 32 Station Street
City/Town: Brookline, MA 02445
Website or Map:
Phone: (617) 942-2553
Event Type: six, traditional, storytelling, events, for, adults
Organized By: Norah Dooley
Latest Activity: Jan 28, 2013

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"mother Africa" featuring ToRena Webb Thomas

The major contributions to storytelling by a culture will be featured as unifying themes and we are starting with Mother Africa.  It felt more poetic that "Pan African storytelling" and for us this title signifies how deeply African culture is embedded in art and how all of us humans owe a huge debt to the many cultures of Africa,  the  "Cradle of mankind, baobab of the soul..."  Storytelling especially is connected; from Aesop to Brother Blue, people from African cultures have a rich and deep traditions in the art of storytelling that have directly  informed many other culture's folk lore. 

Boston native, ToRena Webb Thomas received her B.S. in Dance Performance and Choreography from the State University of New York at Brockport. She has extensive Caribbean Dance training from the Edna Manle School of Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.

Her most recent projects include her one woman show A Walk With Nanny: A Journey Through Caribbean Folklore and a performance as a featured storyteller this year at Motherloaded II.

Traditional storytellers from massmouth

and the Puppet Showplace Theatre (PST)

are proud to present

a monthly series of folk & fairy tale slams events -

Slamming the Tradition

- Six traditional storytelling events for adults.

from OCT 2012 - MAR 2013

Thursday evenings: Jan 17, Feb 14, Mar 14.

This program challenges tellers to use a prop or costume piece among other fun guidelines including:

  • tell a 7 minute story
  • must be fiction and in some traditional form
  • while you may use a prop, costume, music BUT  still, no notes

We have secured the prizes and the audience will choose winners:

A bag of magic beans = 1st

A magic wishing stone = 2nd

A small bale of hay = 3rd

enter a story to get in free and reserve a place in the program:

Additional prizes including free passes to story slams + mugs and T-shirts maybe added. More details to come.

Tickets will be $10 and available online @

Puppet Showplace Theatre is an award-winning non-profit performing arts organization committed to excellence in puppetry for audiences of all ages.

32 Station Street  Brookline, MA 02445

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Grand Prize for South Shore Grand Slam Story Slam generously donated by Nicolette Heavey and Stories In The Streets (A Maine Get Away)

Stories in the Streets in an outreach literacy program that focuses on families in at-risk areas and fosters community engagement in storytelling by: 1) Creating opportunities for public storytelling wherever families gather — a farmer’s market, laundromat, or food line; and, 2) Offering storytelling workshops that raise family engagement in literacy, cultural awareness and community understanding.  The program is currently active in Lawrence, Brockton and Randolph.


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