Friday 20 February, 10am: What's the magic word?  Amigos Mexican Grill

Professional storytelling Tanya Batt is taking her ‘Story House’ house to Wanaka! Bring your pre-schoolers for a very special performance, drawing its inspiration from the tradition of illustrated storytelling, in particular from Japanese Kamishibai a Japanese interactive storytelling art initially used by traveling monks. 

Illustrations are held in a house, whose opening doors reveal the pictures. The ‘house’ operates as both an intriguing framing device and a metaphor for the dwelling each human being operates as a ‘home for story’. The ‘Story House’ aims to actively engage audiences in the process of storytelling and story making. Stories performed and illustrated by adults, are created as art pieces to inspire children’s own story creations with the view that adult and child story art sit along side one another, equals in the story continuum.

Tanya is a trained teacher with qualifications in education and performing arts. Her teaching manuals in the areas of dance, drama and storytelling are regularly used in teacher training institutes. As a writer, she specialises in the creation of picture books, folk tale collections and audio recordings for the young and young at heart. Two of her books have been listed as Top Ten Children's Picture Books by the NZ Children's Literature Foundation.

$ 13 for 1 adult + 1 child / $ 13.50 online  $ 1 per extra child    (Sorry the printed programme says $ 10. Can't even blame it on the kids...)    BUY