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Frome charity crowdfunding for exclusive storytelling masterclass

An exclusive workshop with the Devil's Violin is on offer.

An exclusive workshop with the Devil’s Violin is on offer.

Openstorytellers is turning to crowdfunding to raise funds for an exclusive workshop with professional storytellers, The Devil’s Violin.

The charity works with storytellers with additional needs to dispel the negative stigma surrounding disability, by raising awareness through performing at events such as Festival at the Edge.

Openstorytellers is an award-winning charity that supports adults with learning and communication difficulties by providing a range of day services and activity groups. The Frome-based charity works to help boost confidence and develop communication skills through storytelling. By having a workshop with the cast of the esteemed Devil’s Violin, the team hopes to develop new storytelling techniques.

Openstorytellers is aiming to raise £350 through their crowdfunding campaign, covering the cost of the workshop as well as additional charges to enable the group to attend. The campaign started on Monday 2nd February and will end on  Monday 23rd March. You can pledge from as little as £5, with supporters receiving rewards for their pledges.

Cindy Moxham, director of Openstorytellers explains, “The workshop will be a great opportunity for us. Our storytelling group will be able to learn from professionals who use both the spoken word and musical elements to tell a tale. I know they will come away with a new-found confidence in themselves and for future performances. The team are really excited to go ahead with the crowdfunding.”

The Devil’s Violin combines the traditional medium of storytelling with live music, creating unique performances to keep storytelling fresh and interesting. Most of the funding for the workshop has already been provided by the Arts Council of England and Wales, however Openstorytellers must find a way to cover the remaining costs.

For more information on the charity, please call Emma Wilson, Openstorytellers office manager, on 01373 471171 or email emma@openstorytellers.org.uk.

For more information on the Crowdfunder campaign, please call Jenna Yhearm at Gumption Social Media on 01373 464141.

To make a pledge, please head over to the Crowdfunder at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/openstorytellers