Everybody learns a story and retells it from a different point of view.
Begin by dividing the group into pairs and asking each person to tell a short anecdote to their partner – up to two minutes in length. Remind everybody to listen carefully to their partner’s story. Give a signal to stop after two minutes and swop over so that each person tells and hears a story.
Now everyone finds a new partner. This time each person’s task is to tell the story that they were told. However, there is one important difference: they must not tell it from the point of view of the main character. So if for example your partner tells you a story about the day they rescued a cat, you could tell the story from the point of view of the cat, or that of a bystander, or even a fictional character. Participants can embellish the story in any way they wish.
★ The exercise demonstrates three important storytelling techniques: learning a new story, taking on a simple role and making the story your own.
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