Month: January 2015

More from our storytellers – Folklore, Fairy Tales & Swampy stories!

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Will in his traditional folk garb
Will in his traditional folk garb

Merry 2015, story tellers and story listeners! Here we are, into our 15th month of sharing tales, songs and sweets with you all, and every show feels better than the one before.

We had another full house this month, with lots of new faces, a great mix of stories and some lovely feedback, so thank you so much to everyone who came along and made it such a fun evening.

Did you also see that we got picked out by Bristol 24/7 again? Hooray for us! If you’ve seen a review of the night or have any photos please share them with us, or let us know if you’d like to feature in the next show.

Storytelling Crofters Rights Jan 2015
Will in his traditional folk garb

This month’s rough theme was Folk Tales & Festivals, with a rather wonderful poster designed for us by Stephen from Ink Spills Inc, and we made sure to give our audience some interesting sights when they arrived – including bunting and some impeccable costume choices from Will!

We heard from some great familiar faces, such as Sven our reigning Storytelling King, who told us about his role-reversal holidays with his mum in Amsterdam and Thailand.

Our lovely audience :)
Our lovely audience 🙂

We also had some excellent readings from local writers Angela Brooks (with her tale of Miranda, the dowdy woman who is anything but ordinary)Thomas David Parker (sharing his chilling story about a special shell with a sinister secret) and Christopher Cutting (with possibly the most intense story we’ve had to date, and about a train scheduler no less!)

Chris puts  on quite the show with his train planner thriller!
Chris puts on quite the show with his train planner thriller!

We also heard an excellent sci-fi-esque folk tale from Tim Popple, Alex’s short but sweet memory from a pop-up planetarium, a heartwarming community story from Gareth, and an assortment of anecdotes from the accident-prone Jimmy. All of these storytellers were performing for the first time, so well done! 🙂

Of course we also had our winners of the audience vote, now recipients of the much sought after Let Me Tell You a Story Jack medals! Our talented winners were Christie with her short story of romance in a lift, and Andy with his selection of short, sweet and sardonic fairytales.

A quick summary of writer links:

Thanks once again to everyone who came along – we’ll see you again in mid March!

Shonette & Will

Will closes the show with his sea shanty, 'Row, row you ****s'
Will closes the show with his sea shanty, ‘Row, row you ****s’
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Wednesday 14th January – Folk Tales and Festivals!

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This month we’re going full-on with the festivities and folk tales, as Will & Shonette unearth a long forgotten traditional winter festival to brighten up your dreary January! Think Morris Dancers, Druids, Maypoles, The Wicker Man, Glastonbury, The Winter Solstice…

In addition, we’ll be once again giving out prizes for the best stories, so start thinking of what you’ll share with us. You could read us a short story, play us a nice tune, do some stand up comedy, perform a poem, or just tell us your favourite holiday anecdote. Prizes are in the categories of:

– Folk Tales
– Festivals & Holidays

But you can perform about any topic you like on the night – maybe if it’s good enough you’ll get a prize anyway 😉

Thanks again to Ink Spills Inc for a very very cool poster. See you all on the 14th!

Storytelling poster 14th January