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London — By Andrea Kirkby on August 29, 2009 at 12:46 pm
Filed under: cafe theatre, storytelling, The Arts

Hear the real story – Londoners tell their lives

Are you sitting confortably? Then I’ll begin.

Once upon a time, storytelling was something your mum did when you went to bed. If you were lucky, she’d tell you a wonderful fairytale that had been handed down from generation to generation in the family. If you were me, you got three pages from a picture book (four if I was lucky).

But then we all grew up. And storytelling became something we don’t do, ‘cos it’s not big and it’s not clever. Rap, yes. Performance poetry, yes. Storytelling, nope.

Spark London is changing all that. The first Monday evening of the month at the Canal Cafe Theatre in Little Venice features people telling stories of their own lives – from the tragedies of their love lives to the little triumphs of gardening,  or moments of life-changing importance.

It’s not reality TV. These guys have put plenty of thought into what they’re going to tell you and how to tell it. But it’s very, very real – it’s something that means a lot to them,  and that can be impressive.

And it’s particularly interesting, I think, because we tend to see storytelling as something that is about fantasy and fiction.  I was always being told off for ‘telling stories’ when I was little. But these stories are true.

True stories for grown ups. Interesting!

Where: Cafe Theatre, Little Venice, W2 6ND (map)

Next one: 7th September, 7.30

How much: £6

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