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Storytime Sessions: The Discarded Oil Drum by Henry & Steel

Storytime Sessions return online. This time, join Steely the Steel Drum on his musical journey to discover the beauty of how he was made and what he was made from.

Enjoy this inspiring audio story for all the family. Follow Steely the Steel Drum through three chapters as he begins his first day at a new school and learns that being yourself can make sad days magical.

Chapter 1 Steely Starts School
Chapter 2 How Steely Was Made 
Chapter 3 Yellow Bird 

This bite-sized family-friendly series is suitable for children aged 10 and under and creatively explores finding confidence through story narration, film and visual images. All three episodes are specially curated for Black History Month at HOME, 2021. One ticket gives you access to all three sessions.

The story of The Discarded Oil Drum is written and produced by Henry and Steel.

Narrated by Carla Henry

This story is dedicated to the late Mr Culpeper who taught both the youth and elders of Manchester how to make and celebrate the beautiful instrument that is the Steelpan. Find out more about Mr Culpeper and the Steelpan here.

About Carla Henry 

Born in Hulme and raised in Moss Side Manchester, Carla Henry is an actor, writer, director and graduate of Bretton Hall University, where she was awarded a 1st class BA (Hons) in Theatre Acting and Devised Performance. Carla works across Film, Television and Theatre. She also teaches and Directs at LAMDA, Manchester School of Acting and ALRA North.  Carla is also a Trustee at The Working Class Movement Library in Salford.

Carla Henry recently played Titania in the Lyric Hammersmith and Filter Theatre Production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Homeground, HOME’s outdoor venue.

About Jason Steel 

Jason Steel was born in Moss Side, Manchester in 1965 and grew up around the Steelpan. He played a large part in the search for discarded oil drums and the building of the fires for the making of Steelpans.

Jason found it difficult in primary school in the early seventies where he realized he could be treated unfairly for looking different as a person of colour. This treatment continued in other aspects of his life but only served to make him stronger.

Jason left formal education prematurely with no qualifications but went on to get a BA (hons) degree (2.1) in History, proving that you can achieve anything, even when told otherwise. This is Jason’s first book.