WONDER- seeking short story writers for a candlelit immersive live lit event PLUS FREE writing workshop!

White Rabbit is Bernadette Russell and Gareth Brierley- a multi  award-winning arts organisation which creates films, podcasts, theatre and immersive live lit /storytelling events. 

We are writers and performers who are passionate about stories and storytelling. We are delighted to be working with Revelation in Ashford to create two immersive live lit evenings of short stories on the theme of WONDER.

We are inviting short story submissions inspired by the  theme of WONDER, with a maximum of 1500 words in any style. Priority will be given to Kent writers or writers with an association with Kent. 

We will select stories from the submissions to be performed live on two consecutive evenings by our team of professional actors, in  the candlelit environment of the beautiful and ancient St Mary’ Church (referenced in the Doomsday Book in 1086!).

We look forward to this event being a great opportunity for Kent writers to showcase their work. As writers you need do no more than submit your work, once it is selected then you can come along to the event, relax and enjoy the show!

Deadlines for submissions are: Midnight on 14th February 2020. Please submit your stories on the theme of WONDER to gbbrierley@btinternet.com with the subject heading WONDER. Please ensure your name is on each page of your story (in the header or footer if possible) 

The shows are 21st and 22nd March 2020 at 7.30pm. 

We are also hosting two FREE writing and performing workshops- the first being on 9th November- a chance to be inspired by the beautiful church and graveyard and to have a space to write! Details are here

Our website is currently under re-construction- so in the meantime please visit this link for further information and FAQ: https://www.bernadetterussell.com/single-post/2019/10/10/WONDER–FAQ-for-writers 

If you would like to see a film of previous storytelling events please go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogo9Pl6LSCE 

This project has been commissioned by Revelation Ashford and is supported by Ashford Borough Council, Arts Council England, Kent County Council and Music Venues Alliance

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The Hunters Grimm- a storyhunting show in the streets of London

Bernadette Russell of White Rabbit  joins the wonderful Teatro Vivo cast in “The Hunters Grimm” a promenade performance in the streets of Catford and Stratford, London,aiding Jacob and Wilhem Grimm along with their companion Dot Wilde, in their search for a story of hope with a happy ending. Such stories seem in short supply in our troubled times….

The Hunters Grimm on the streets

The Hunters Grimm on the streets

Come and join us on our search! Who knows who you might meet on the way: a beggar Prince, Rapunzel now working in sheltered housing as a single mum, a young jobseeker in pursuit of 12 dancing princesses, a hungry wolf reminiscing about his glory days as a restaurant critic,  a step mother who needs a Kardashian make over….and many more

Dates are:

Stratford- 30th May- 1st June- please go here for more details and tickets

 

Catford- 6th-16th June- please go here for more details and tickets

 

For a tantilising taster go here

World Kindness Day Party- stories can change the world

November 13th is World Kindness Day, and we at White Rabbit are celebrating it with a FREE storytelling event at Arts Admin!

World Kindness Day Party

Fundraiser, book launch and the “Story of Kindness” extravaganza!

When: Monday 13th November 2017 7.30pm- late
How much: FREE- donate whatever you are able to
Where: Arts Admin,Toynbee Studios,28 Commercial St, London E1 6AB. Tube: Aldgate East
Details here (no need to book just turn up or let us know you are coming on our facebook page here):

The Little Book of Kindness

What’s occuring?:
Bernadette will be telling a story and reading from her new book “The Little Book of Kindness”, there will also be short stories on the theme of kindness from storytellers Heather Burton, Jules Craig and Vanessa Woolf, plus a poem from Dan Thompson and some surprises on the night. We will be joined by representatives from 999 club, a homeless charity in SE London for whom we will be fundraising on the night. They will be showing  a film of their work and letting us know how to get involved.  There’s free party food, nice music, a bar serving cocktails in teapots, and a chance to join in crafting/creative writing by sharing your own story of kindness on the night. We hope to counter the negative narrative about our fellow humans, share more positive stories, and have fun!
Bernadette’s books will be on sale on the night, all profits to go to the 999 club.

“Be Kind” sign from People United

NEWS FLASH! we’re mega proud to announce that we have been chosen as one of the recipients of People United’s Be Kind signs, which will be on proud display in our HQ in Deptford from the 13th November!

Come join us and help change the world!

 

Storytelling fundraiser for Refugee Week

White Rabbit is proud to be hosting a short story cabaret for Refugee Week.

In line with this year’s Refugee Week theme of ‘Our Shared Future’, we invite you to an evening of read aloud brand new short stories responding to the theme of The Future. In a rapidly changing world, we are inspired to explore what Utopian/dystopian futures might lie ahead.

Tickets includes free food, competitions and prizes and all proceeds will go to Greenwich Refugee Aid 

The Show

Date and time:23rd June 2017, 7.30pm (ends 11ish)

Place: Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
E1 6AB
London
UK

Nearest tube: Aldgate East

Tickets : £8 with free food, all proceeds going to GRACE (see above)

Book here

We are looking for writers!

We are looking for FICTION stories of around 1000 words on the theme of The Future. We would love to hear from writers who have a personal connection, indirectly or directly, with the refugee experience, AND/OR writers who are moved or inspired by the refugee experience. We prefer writers to attend so please let us know if you are unable to. We can give you complimentary tickets for two of your guests. Please email us at areyousittingcomfortably@live.com by midnight Friday 2nd June.

“Comic… haunting… offbeat… unexpected… an enchanted night” ****
Total Theatre

“Tree of Light” at Lighthouse Poole

White Rabbit’s Bernadette Russell is telling her story The Tree of Light at a Wintertime Event at the Lighthouse Poole on Sunday 27th November. It’s a folktale for the 21st century, a reminder of the power of hope and love in troubled times.

“A very long time ago, this land was all forest. At the heart of the forest was a very special tree, that everyone spoke of, but only a few had seen: the Tree of Light. It is said that this tree is the keeper of all our hopes and dreams… it is said that in the darkest hours of night as we lay dreaming, something magical happened…

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But this was all a long time ago. The forest is no longer here. The forest  is only a distant memory to the eldest citizens, the forest’s whose whispering trees can still be heard. Where there were trees, there are roads, houses, shops…so what becomes of our hopes and dreams now? And what happened to the Tree of Light?”

Come and find out, and listen to this magical mid winter story, full of forest creatures familiar and unfamiliar, night time adventures and poetry. Plus you will be invited to add your own stars to the Tree of Light, and the opportunity to have your wishes come true.

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FREE and suitable for all ages. Please go here for times and information

 

Spooky Stories for families

White Rabbit’s Bernadette Russell is teaming up with fabulous London Dreamtime for Spooky Storytelling at Farmopolis this Halloween Eve, 30th October.

Join in with halloweeny interactive stories, music and making (with something crafty to take home ), perfect for everyone older than five. Plus… FRIGHT NIGHT EXTRA are you brave enough to stay for the later session where the stories are not just spooky but actually scary?

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Details:Children’s Storytelling & Crafts
Sunday 30 October
12.00-13.30£3Venue: Farmopolis, Greenwich Peninsula
SE10 0FL.Nearest tube: North Greenwich on the jubilee line

To book tickets go here

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Tricks and treats!

 

 

WILD- stories and craft for families

Bernadette Russell of White Rabbit has written some new stories about animals for family audiences especially for Farmopolis- come and find out all about the creatures that live with us in London and make something to wear to the Animal Ball. You will hear about how squirrels can time travel and why rats live mostly underground, plus you’ll hear a song from the pigeon choir and learn to dance the Fox Trot.
White Rabbit have created work for National Theatre, LIFT Festival, Birmingham Rep and the Southbank Centre amongst others. Bernadette’s books “Do Nice Be Kind Spread Happy” and “Be The Change” are published by Quarto

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The event is on 24th September 12-1.30pm and tickets can be bought here