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Little White Truths by Bill Cort

Please tell us about yourself:
Born in Manchester, 1945, where, despite a loving, understanding, and very supportive family, and a potentially liberating education, I spent the first twenty odd years of my life trying to 'conform' and 'fit in. In 1969 I fell incoveniently in love, got a job working in the theatre, and learned to value and celebrate my differences and eccentricities, which I hope I still do.

What is your story about?
My story is about dressing up and playing roles. How throughout our lives, we put on costumes and embark upon performances. Often not really understanding the plot or its consequences, how right is the same as stage left from a different angle. How taking a second look can change meaning, and how, however hard we try, the best we can hope for is to end with a good character part.

Why did you choose to tell this particular story?
I chose to tell this story because throughout my life I’ve watched men and women try to fulfil, what appear to be, heroic fantasies, which has often meant in reality, that others have suffered, and even died. I’m still not so cynical, and just brave enough, that I will go on pleading that we should learn how to play and that children who don’t learn to make things often learn to make war.

What was the experience of making your digital story like?
Making my digital story was a liberating and inspiring experience. The standard of teaching was truly exceptional. The team maintained a supportive and creative atmosphere, which made it seem easy to conceive, create and edit our stories.
It was one of the most enjoyable learning experiences I’ve had in all my adult life.

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