Biblical Performance Criticism
Orality, Memory, Translation, Rhetoric, Discourse, Drama
"The International Orality Network connects people who are reaching oral communicators as well as unreached people groups (UPGs) to storying and storytelling resources and training." -- description from website.
"Orality" refers to reliance upon the spoken, rather than written, word for communication. Orality is an ancient phenomenon that continues to the present. Before writing was developed, cultures passed along their cultural traditions, including their history, identity, and religion, through their stories, proverbs, poems, songs, riddles, etc. These are all oral art forms; that is, they are spoken, sung or chanted. They were (and still are) often woven into ceremonies, dramas and rites of passage. Purely oral societies pass along everything that matters from one generation to another without putting anything into writing. They rely on the spoken word (including its sung and chanted forms).
On this page you'll find descriptions of plays written by award-winning playwright, Jeff Barker, accompanied with either the script of the play or an address of where the script may be obtained.
The Backyard Bard is putting the old craft of Biblical Storytelling back on the map. Not just because they tell stories from the Bible that are confronting, passionate and full of intrigue; but because The Backyard Bard believes all of us can do it. To hear The Backyard Bard is a profound experience, but I suggest you go one better and book yourself into one of their interactive workshops. You will surprise yourself at how good you are at Biblical Storytelling while the word of God is bound to grip you at the deepest level.
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