Recently, this blog post made the rounds on Facebook among the bardic communities who frequent there. When I saw it and read it, I knew it was special.
When performing, my goals are twofold – to tell a good story -and to make my audience believe I am my persona telling the tale. So far I’ve not gotten great at that second bit.
But reading about this man telling a story to Duke Cariadoc of the Bow, and getting a ring for it, made me want to redouble my efforts to tell tales in persona.
So, how shall I do this? Well, let’s begin with ‘what is my persona?’
I am a late 14th century woman, born in Ireland to minor gentry. I’ve had some education (i.e. I can read a little and write a little). I’ve been on pilgrimage, attoning for the death of my first husband in a raid. I’ve been to Santiago de Compostela and Jerusalem, as well as local shrines such as Saint Brigid’s Well and Canterbury. In returning from Jerusalem I ran out of funds in the Rhineland, and wound up marrying a gentleman who is in service to his local bishop. We live in a house in Cologne.
So, I’ve traveled and heard tales from lots of places. But as a former pilgrim my slant on stories – is it religious? Is it mystical? What do I make of characters in tales who are not christian? How do I tell of things that happened during my lifetime? Was I there to witness them? Or have I heard tell of such?
I ask myself these things as I contemplate the stories in my repertoire. Perhaps I will get closer to being my persona as I tell one someday soon.