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Bambert's Book of Lost Stories

Pre and post show activities

The below activities are designed to respond or prepare students to see the Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories. They do however work as standalone activities if you have not seen the show. These exercises delve into the forms and content of the show.

We strongly recommend you read the book and watch the trailer. The performance company Barking Gekko are a great resource to check out as well. Luke Kerridge the director is also worth investigating in any deeper research. The origins of the work are actually in a school when Luke was working for the Sydney Theatre Company School Drama program.

We have included some inspiration for teachers about preparing or responding to the work but other resources which might equally inspire your teaching can be found throughout the  Sydney Opera House teachers resources page

Complete Resource Pack

The complete Bambert's teachers resource pack including suggested curriculum links

Story structure through imagery and story telling

In this exercise you will use pictured images, (places, people, emotions etc) as an ignition point for students to create an improvised, spoken word story. You will need to download about 20 images from the internet. A variety of images which could be places, people, objects or landscapes. Here are some examples to get you started: Water pistol, mountains, tiger, castle, cloud, fence, hills hoist, zoo, car.

Before students begin the main part of the exercise described below, have an open discussion about different story types. If the students don’t specifically mention it, lead them to talk about adventure stories where the character leaves home, or is forced to leave, but ends up returning home at the end. Lead them to think about the circular aspect of some stories. Hopefully other story structures come up in your discussion as well. 

Exercise 1

Have students form a circle, with each student being given an image that you have downloaded. At your discretion students can either view the image before the exercise proceeds or not.

The first student lifts their image and starts the story based on their image. They talk for one or two sentences kicking the story off based on their image. The next student in the circle then uses their image to progress the story. As each student has their go the story grows. At one point you can start to tell them to bring their character home, like with the adventurer returning home. This will help resolve the story. Equally, not every story has to be neat and it can spiral off into the weird and wonderful places children will take it. 

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