Speak Easy is a Story Slam where people share true stories from their lives. Our storytellers for the night come from our audience. Anyone can put their name in the hat, and if it is pulled out they tell us a 5-minute story about the theme. No one has to tell a story!
For those of you who have been to previous Story Slam, we have something a little different for you all….
A CONTEST! (woo!) *fanfare*
Yes, the next event will be a contest held in partnership with Tellit Story Telling Festival, who are on a Quest to find the nations best amateur story teller. Read more about the Quest on their website: http://tellitfestival.com/ Together with storytelling clubs from across the country, Speak Easy Story Slam will be choosing one of our story tellers to represent us on a national scale! Whichever story teller is declared the winner of our heat will join 8 others, chosen by storytelling clubs across the country, to go to the Showcase Event in London on Sunday 23rd October 2016. The events theme will be ‘Lessons’, stories of things learnt, taught, forgotten and ignored. Stories of teachers and students, and learning moments of the utmost importance or triviality. Maybe there are things you wished you’d learnt? Or maybe some things you’ll never learn…
Got a story? Submit an application and come tell us on August 21st and be in with a chance to represent Story Slam at the Tellit Festival in London.
HOW TO TAKE PART
Unlike the normal slam, where anyone can get up on stage and tell a story, this time if you would like to take part in our quest you will have to submit a simple application. To do this you will need to:
1) fill out a google form by following this link: http://goo.gl/forms/pEqMxj3O4GRm7TZt1
2) Send us an audio recording of you telling your story to our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org The story doesn’t have to be polished and audio quality doesn’t have to be amazing (you can record it on your phone), we just need something so we know what the story will roughly sound like.
Then you can leave the rest to us! Around 10 story tellers will be chosen to perform and we will be in touch to let you know if you have been selected to perform at the event.
– Anyone can submit an application
– The only requirement is that you be available and willing to compete at the event on August 21st
– And you be free to attend the London event on Sunday 23rd October 2016 in the event that you win (Story Slam will be able to help with travel money).
– Please note that, parts of both events will be filmed.
Normal Show Timings:
1:15pm – STAMPING
Our events tend to fill up early so we open the box office to start stamping people’s hands for entrance from 1.15pm. There’s a suggested entrance fee of £4, on the door (Totally not mandatory! We’d way rather have you here sharing stories than at home crying about capitalism).
1:30pm – ENTRANCE + SIGNUP
We start letting people into the theatre. If you would like to tell a story at the main event, put your name in the Speak Easy hat (No one has to!)
2-4.30pm – STORYTIME
We pull names from the hat at random, and whoever’s name is pulled tells us a 5 minute story from their life! We laugh, we cry, we drink, we hear another one! (15 minute interval at some point in the middle of all of this).
After the slam people tend to hang around at the bar, have a drink, and chat about the stories they didn’t have a chance to tell on stage. Our new venue is attached to the amazing and affordable Old MarketAassembly, which is the perfect place for a pint or Sunday lunch!
The stories have to follow a few rules:
1. We want to hear *stories*! No rants, stand-up routines or monologues. We want a beginning middle and end, and some change and conflict to occur.
2. It must be under 5 minutes.
3. It has to be true (that time that you and Ghengis Khan went on a whirlwind adventure and loved and learned and cried? Not going to cut it.)
4. Genuinely 1st person (None of this ‘this crazy thing happened to my friend’s friend’ stuff, who cares about that?).
5. No notes. This is about the good ol’ fashioned art of storytelling. Tell it to us like we’re round a campfire, it’ll be perfect.
The rules are just there to make sure we get to hear as many awesome stories as possible. They’re not meant to be restricting, so if you’re unsure about anything just send us a message or shout at us in the street. The venue has full disabled access, feel free to message us on Facebook if you have any questions surrounding that (or anything else!).