JUDGES HINTS AND TIPS - LIZ TYNDALL, THEATRE & PROGRAMMING MANAGER IMAGINOSITY
With ONE WEEK to go until the closing date of the 2016 What's the Story competition, we took 5 minutes with Imaginosity's Resident Judge, Theatre & Programming Manager Liz Tyndall, to ask her just what she will be on the look out for in this years entries!
About Liz Tyndall.....
Liz joined the Imaginosity Team in 2011 as a Facilitator, from there she took on the role of Imaginosity's Artist in Residence in 2012 and then moved onto be come Senior Drama and Performance Facilitator. She is currently Imaginosity's Theatre and Programming Manager. Liz holds a Masters in Directing for Theatre from UCD, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama from the University of Ulster, Derry. Liz's role at Imaginosity is filled with creativity, as she designs daily workshops, assists in delivering workshops throughout the museum's exhibits, designs and develops outreach events for the Imaginosity Team and creates performances for Imaginosity's very own theatre space. She loves working with young children and bringing children's stories to life through the medium of theatre.
This will be Liz's 2nd year on the expert judging panel of Imaginosity's What's the Story? competition, she is one of the lucky ones that gets to see the entries as they arrive through the door into Imaginosity in all of their creative glory! We took this chance to call on her experience to find out what she thinks makes a winning entry.....
Q: DID YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE STORY AS A CHILD?
"Apart from being completely obsessed with reading the "Twinkle" comics every week, and waiting for the hardback "Twinkle Annual" every year - I was a huge fan of all the Roald Dahl stories. It's so hard to choose just one story, so I will give you my top three! 'The BFG', 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and 'The Witches'....even though 'The Witches' terrified me!"
Q: HOW IMPORTANT IS THE CREATION OF AN IMAGINATIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN GORWING UP, PARTICULARLY IN THE EARLY YEARS?
"It is SO important! I have worked at Imaginosity for nearly five years now, and I have had the privilege of working with and getting to know so many children growing up, developing and learning through the use of their imaginations within our unique imaginative environment. Imaginative environments help to spark children's creativity whilst also allowing them to explore and play in a safe and creative way. I think every child, particularly in the early years should have the access to experience such stimulating environments."
Q: HOW WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY IN CHILDREN?
"I would encourage all children to read lots and lots of books and then make up lots and lots of their very own stories. I also love seeing children express themselves through dress-up, and creating their own dramatic play scenarios....taking on the roles of different characters and pretending to come from all sorts of strange and wonderful worlds!
Listening to stories, drawing pictures and playing with puppets can also inspire and encourage imagination and creativity in children. I would encourage all children and their parents to look at toys such as story cubes, they are an amazing way for children to use their imaginations, inspiring them to create something off the top of their heads!"
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS TO PASS ONTO OUR YOUNG STORY MAKERS AS TO JUST WHAT MAKES A GOOD STORY?
"I think the world in which a story takes place can help make a really good story. Colourful, adventurous and faraway places are always engaging for the imagination!"
Q: AND FINALLY AS A JUDGE ON THE IMAGINOSITY WHAT'S THE STORY? PANEL THIS YEAR, WHAT WILL YOU BE LOOKING FOR IN A WINNING ENTRY?
"In a nutshell, fun and colourful characters! Characters that I could never imagine in real life.....that's what I will be looking for!"
Remember, What's the Story? A Big Competition for Little Story Makers 2016 closes for entries on the 4th MARCH 2016, entries can be posted into Imaginosity, or emailed into firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imaginosity want YOUR stories!!!!