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.
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.
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!)
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:
- Angela Brooks – Short stories for adults & children: www.angelaebrooks.com
- Thomas David Parker – Gothic horror writer with an aptitude for Quidditch: www.thomasdavidparker.com
- Christopher Cutting – Director of the Tobacco Tea Theatre Company: www.facebook.com/TobaccoTeaTheatreCompany
- Tim Popple – Thoughts on film and cinema: medium.com/@VoxPopple
Thanks once again to everyone who came along – we’ll see you again in mid March!
Shonette & Will
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!
Are you craving some stories of adventure? Some amusing songs about service stations or powerful poems about the meaning of life?
Well, fortunately there’s not long to go until the next storytelling event, so note Wednesday 3rd September in your little Filofaxes and get to The Crofter’s Rights at 7pm to meet some of the nicest and most creative sorts in Bristol and hear them share their various tales.
Feel free to tell us a story yourself – all performers get a free drink!
See you on the 3rd 🙂
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/847983278547005/
Good news, storytelling fans! Our next show is on Wednesday 9th July at The Crofters Rights, so you have time to think of whether you’ll bring us a song about your fridge contents, a poem about your cat, an illustration of your favourite coffee spot or a short story you wrote whilst you were on jury duty.
Mark the date in your diary now, and let us know that you’re coming and if you’re telling a story on our Facebook page.
In the mean time, if you’re missing Will and his lyrical prowess, here he is with a ditty about rambling.
If you liked seeing Will’s memory palace in action at the Film Noir storytelling, here it is again in all of its glory.
The next storytelling event has been confirmed for Wednesday 19th February, and we will be bringing a Film Noir theme to The Crofter’s Rights from 7pm!
Expect fedora hats, hip flasks, tiny pistols, braces, cagey detectives and shifty broads – along with some fun games and clever songs from your host.
The theme is not compulsory – feel free to dress up and tell your own crime or detective story, or just entertain us with any other fun anecdotes, songs or poems you want to share.
Tell your friends, prepare your stories and we’ll see you on the 19th!
Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/255051597990765/?notif_t=plan_user_joined