As a storyteller and member of Flashlight True Life Storytellers, I’ve been involved with a number of shows and open-mic performances in the West Midlands.
Below are a few of the most recent…
The Mee Club Party
@ the Herbert Art Gallery
20 Sep 2016 it was good to see new storytellers share their stories with us at The Mee Club after joining us for a spring & summer season of workshops and open-mic performances at The Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry. Joining together in the Studio Theatre, there was a real party atmosphere…and cake!!
— Rob Ganley (@RobertGanley) September 18, 2016
Guest Storyteller @ Waterstones on the Mic
Waterstones, Birmingham – July 2016
The Mee Club at the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry March – Sept 2016
The Mee Club ran a series of open-mic evenings of true-life storytelling – that were up and running once a month on Fridays @ 8pm at Coventry’s iconic Herbert Art Gallery – as part of their exhibition nights at the museum – Herbert Lates
I worked as project assistant and guest storyteller with international storyteller and author Cat Weatherill who headed up this Arts Council funded project.
Just like The Moth in America on which the model is based, we celebrated both the seasoned storyteller and storytelling novice, inviting people to share their own true-life stories.
Through our website www.themeeclub.com there were lots of opportunities to get involved…
Flirt Off @ Old Joint Stock, Birmingham,
April 6th 2016, 7.30pm
“FANTASTIC stories tonight. An unexpectedly pungent lover… taking your surgical aid on a hot date… unintentionally leaving your girlfriend on a train then later knocking her unconscious… the lasting trauma of biscuit- related dating … psychology as foreplay… losing your cherry at a PGL camp in the teacher’s dorm… smoking Croatian style… learning to flirt at a weekend workshop… making love in the Amazon rainforest… romance in the snow in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
Wonderful performances from Jane Campion Hoye, Gavin William James Young, Tom Phillips, Steve Harrison, Kristina Gavran, Naomi Paul and Jess Law
Hearts & Crosses @ Birmingham Old Rep,
Feb 11th 2016
“Birmingham’s sensational storytelling collective presents an exciting evening of stories straight from the heart, brought to vivid life, full of love and loss (just in time for Valentine’s Day!)”
“Genuinely uplifting” Arts Council England
Tantalising Tales – Burbage Community Arts Festival 2015, Burbage
The programme included stories from local storytellers like myself and national & international storytellers Cat Weatherill, Gauri Raje, Kristina Gavran, Naomi Paul and Kate Walton.
Our host for the evening, was local storyteller, Tom Phillips.
World Book Night 2015 – Crisis, Birmingham
23rd April 2015 …it was exciting to be invited to be Guest Storyteller when Crisis celebrated the world of literature at a Special World Book Night event in Digbeth – the heart of the city of Birmingham.
The event was aimed at those who use the life-changing services of Crisis who help those struggling with homelessness to find pratical, personal and specialist support. It gave service users a great opportunity to join together in readings, drama and storytelling events.
My slot as guest storyteller finished the evening with two of my true-life stories, The Lion, The Wolf and The Cornershop and Slum Songs in the Sun which were very warmly received.
“Thank you again for your wonderful performance at World Book Night. It was very inspiring for our members and captivating for everyone who saw it.”
(Kate Edwards, Skills Tutor)
Storytelling – Yard Talk @ FRICTION ARTS
It was part of Friction Art’s artistic programme aimed at drawing in the community of Birmingham’s Digbeth area. They ran these their regular Yard Talk events with the aim of:
“looking back to look forward through…to see our present with new eyes by examining our shared past. All accompanied by the usual Yard Talk conviviality.”
Short & Sweet – Library of Birmingham,
12th March 2105 – here was the opportunity to present my own prose fiction story Writing West Midlands and the Library of Birmingham’s monthly open mic evening of short fiction performances…at Short and Sweet
“Short and Sweet … powerful snippets of humour, humility and adventure. Prose fiction, imaginatively presented in bite-size seven minute portions.”
The theme for March was ‘Land’ and this fitted well with my short apocalyptic story, set in Indonesia: ‘Saving the Land’.
The whole evening was hosted by Heart FM Presenter, Rachel New.
Love & Chocolate, Thimblemill Library, Bearwood, 2015
Birmingham – 13th February 2015…at this intriguing Art Deco historic building in Bearwood, on the eve of Valentine’s Night, I performed my new 7-minute true-life story about finding love in the snow and the magic of Christmas.
It was part of an evening of storytelling with Flashlight Storytellers – a company of professional performers and storytellers interested in developing the art of storytelling in workshops and performances to invited audiences.
Tell Me on A Sunday Greatest Hits @ The Door Theatre, Birmingham REP 2014
5 October 2014 – We performed this show as part of Birmingham Literature Festival. It was a showcase for the best of the Tell Me on A Sunday season, featuring true-life tales full of wonder, mystery and fun. We had almost a full house so it was a great end to the show which had been a regular fixture at the Ikon Gallery for the past 3 years.
JAM FACE – KITCHEN GARDEN CAFE
Kings Heath, Birmingham 24th September 2014
This was one of our first shows as the Storytelling Troupe Flashlight. Here I joined the group of talented writers, performers and musicians who regularly filled the guest slots at Tell Me on A Sunday to start our own company of true-life story tellers.We told stories set all over the world, that ranged from the tragic to the comic, to the totally unbelievable. Except all these stories were true – it’s in the way you tell them!
TELL ME ON A SUNDAY – IKON GALLERY
Brindley Place, Birmingham (2012 – 2014)
It all started from having a regular slot at the successful Tell Me on A Sunday event which ran monthly at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, hosted by international writer and storyteller Cat Weatherill. These popular events, which were often ” sold out,” were supported by Writing West Midlands who encourage creative writing projects in the region.
You can listen to a sample of some of my audio work, by clicking on the following:
If you would like to book me for a storytelling event or audio recording, you can reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org